Semiotics in a new key

Jan M. Broekman, Larry Catá Backer

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Lawyers read and write texts, interpret and give priority to what others wrote and decided before. Awareness of the dynamics of these semiotic activities would improve the humane character of law and enrich its notion of justice. A dynamic semiotics with understanding meaning as an issue of constant flow will become visible so that the task of a lawyers meaning making is in creating markers responsibly. Language embraces articulations that approach law and semiotics whilst including the relevant notions of laws process character. These challenge the autonomous speaker-models of self-understanding and self-reference. They contest a fictitious freedom belonging to contractual relations. Signs are challenged not to become fixated; once this is understood, meanings will function beyond determination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSigns in Law - A Source Book
Subtitle of host publicationThe Semiotics of Law in Legal Education III
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319098371
ISBN (Print)9783319098364
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Psychology


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