LAPA Seminar - A Social Psychological Interpretation of the Hermeneutic of Suspicion in Contemporary American Legal Thought
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Precis: According to many observers, policy discourses that claim specialized expertise and sometimes dispose significant ideological stakes are increasingly politicized. One symptom is that experts within the discourse attack each other for supposed ideologically motivated errors in interpreting the materials, whatever they are. The paper describes the way this practice has evolved in law, understood here as a policy discourse similar and different from the others. It theorizes mutual accusations of ideological bias as an aspect of the general juridification of American society, economy and politics, and also as a social psychologically plausible response to the deep ethical difficulties in being the expert master of a practically consequential “mystery.”
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