Journal article

Against Errors of Intellectual Abstraction: For a Humanist Rule of Law

Julian Sempill

The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2019


Somebody once told me that, in certain intellectual circles, it is the done thing to say that one is re-reading so-and-so, say Plato or Proust; never that one is merely ‘read-ing’ them. The idea is that one has already read every important work; that goes without saying. Now and then, one returns to them, to contemplate more deeply. Well, I feel very chic to be able to say that I have been re-reading Martin Krygier’s work, for the purposes of preparing this piece. And, in doing so, I have been struck by how it belongs to a genre which requires, and repays, contemplative re-reading.

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