Homo Juridicus: On the Anthropological Function of the Law
A provocative investigation of how law shapes everyday life.
In this groundbreaking work, French legal scholar Alain Supiot examines the relationship between society and legal discourse, how each shapes and is in turn shaped by the other. Historical and cultural contingencies guide any hand authorized to write in the statute books, and the practice of law is compromised when legal practitioners fail to acknowledge this fundamental reality. It is a lack of understanding that can lead to conflict between states and cultures and which makes it easier for powerful parties to manipulate the law in their own interests. In Homo Juridicus, Supiot deconstructs the illusion of a world that has become “flat” and undifferentiated, regulated only by supposed “laws” of science and the economy, and peopled by contract-makers driven by the calculation of individual interests.