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Защо има смисъл от „право и литература“ (Към „Юридическото въображение“ на Джеймс Бойд Уайт)
Towards “Legal Imagination” by James Boyd White (Why Does “Law and Literature” Make Sense?)

Author(s): Deyana Marcheva
Subject(s): Philosophy, Literary Texts, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Нов български университет
Keywords: law and literature; Legal Imagination; James Boyd White;

Summary/Abstract: We have not yet explored the potential of “law and literature” studies for humanizing the Bulgarian legal education. This paper presents the invaluable contribution of James Boyd White’s “Legal Imagination” for restoring the connections between law and humanities. James Boyd White urges us to see the law as a method of integration, a way of putting together different voices and languages into a single composition. At the heart of “Legal Imagination” is the idea that legal education can be a liberal education so that lawyers may accept ambiguity and uncertainty as conditions of life and acquire an increased awareness of the limits of one’s knowledge and mind. In any case the lawyer speaks to experience and in doing so defines anew the limits and capacities of her own imagination, defining herself as a person and as a mind. James Boyd White persuades us that the law is an enormously rich and complex system of thought and expression, of social definitions and practices, so that we need to expand the methodologies in our legal education to learn and master, to modify and preserve those.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 35
  • Page Range: 26-37
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian