Into the weekend…

Slowly but surely getting through the reading. Started in on Tomlins’ How autonomous is law (1) last night, and realised I have a lot of philosophy reading to do…

Why am I reading on the autonomy of law? Well, it’s all to do with the idea of law as a discipline in the academy. In its turn this is because I want to look at what law in the academy is. The idea of what law as a discipline is shapes the idea of what it is legitimate for law schools to do. If the vision of what law ‘is’ does not encompass engagement with society, for example, then PLE is less likely to be supported.

I’ll be framing the discussions (for now) in terms of the well-worn liberal v vocational debate, and the wider policy dimensions covered by ideas such as New Public Management and neo-liberalism. You can derive both ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments from ALL OF THEM! That’s all of the fun of the PhD…

So, have a good weekend! Heidegger, Heidegger, it’s off to read I go…


(1) Annual Review of Law and Social Science 2007 Vol. 3:45-68

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