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Law's Box: Law, Jurisprudence and the Information Ecosphere

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dc.contributor.author Callister, Paul D.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-15T19:15:47Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-15T19:15:47Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Callister, Paul D., Law's Box: Law, Jurisprudence and the Information Ecosphere. University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 74, pp. 263-334, 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=703062 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/9051
dc.description Includes bibliographic references. en
dc.description.abstract For so long as it has been important to know what the law is, the practice of law has been an information profession. Nonetheless, just how the information ecosphere affects legal discourse and thinking has never been systematically studied. Legal scholars study how law attempts to regulate information flow, but they say little about how information limits, shapes, and provides a medium for law to operate. Part I of the paper introduces a holistic approach to medium theory - the idea that methods of communication influence social development and ideology - and applies the theory to the development of legal thinking and institutions. Part II examines select historic and pre-historic cultures that emphasize different media for conducting legal affairs - stone stelae, clay tablets, papyrus, and oral verse. In concluding, the paper relies upon Heidegger's criticism of technological thinking. In the case of modern society, the legal environment and our conception of the past are limited by technological thinking (i.e., the reduction of all things as resources to be mastered and used toward some end). However, the challenge is to see, by studying past information ecospheres, the current boundaries of law's box and then to imagine what may lie beyond them. The UMKC selection committee for the Brenner Faculty Publishing Award unanimously designated the article from law faculty publications for 2005-2006 as the recipient of award. en_US
dc.format.extent 72 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri en_US
dc.subject legal history, jurisprudence, media theory, law, infosphere, information environment, information ecosphere, Heidegger, writing, technology, legal theory en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Law -- United States -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Jurisprudence -- United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media -- Philosophy en
dc.subject.lcsh Information technology -- Social aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Information literacy en
dc.title Law's Box: Law, Jurisprudence and the Information Ecosphere en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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