"What do different concepts like true lie, bad luck, honest thief, old news, spacetime, glocalization, symplexity, sustainable development, constant change, soft law, substantive due process, pure law, bureaucratic efficiency and global justice have in common? What connections do they share with innumerable paradoxes, like the ones of happiness, time, globalization, sex, and of free will and fate? Law in the Time of Oxymora provides answers to these conundrums by critically comparing the apparent rise in recent years of the use of rhetorical figures called "essentially oxymoronic concepts" (i.e. oxymoron, enantiosis and paradoxes) in the areas of art, science and law. Albeit to varying degrees, these concepts share the quality of giving expression to apparent contradictions. Through this quality, they also challenge the scientific paradigm rooted in the dualistic thinking and binary logic that is traditionally used in the West, as opposed to the East, where a paradoxical mode of thinking and fuzzy logicis said to have been cultivated.Following a review of oxymora and paradoxes in art and various scientific writings, hundreds of "hard cases" featuring oxymora and a comprehensive review of the legal literature are discussed, revealing evidence suggesting that the present scientific paradigm of dualism alone will no longer be able to tackle the challenges arising from increasing diversity and complexity coupled with an apparent acceleration of change. Law in the Time of Oxymora reaches the surprising conclusion that essentially oxymoronic concepts may inaugurate a new era of cognition, involving the ways the senses interact and how we reason, think and make decisions in law and in life."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Prologue The quest for light / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 2 Introduction / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 3 From essentially contested to oxymoronic concepts / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 4 Essentially oxymoronic concepts in art and science / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 5 Oxymora in the law / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 6 Change of language or language of change? / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 7 Law in the time of oxymora Just injustice? / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 8 Cognition Mind the change or change the mind? / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 9 Law for the time of oxymora Mnemonic law / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 10 Concluding remarks / Rostam J. Neuwirth chapter 11 Epilogue A new era of light / Rostam J. Neuwirth.