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The Laws of LoveConclusion: Does Love Have Standing?

The Laws of Love: Conclusion: Does Love Have Standing? [The modern history of the laws of love has been that of a sorry misplacement. The laws have been discounted, marginalized, mislaid, confined to peripheral spaces. They have formed at most a very minor jurisdiction. Their paradoxical competence has been that of a forgotten erudition, their momentary and generally esoteric manifestations have been in the curious form of very obscure, highly serious and worthily scholarly recollections of a paradoxically dour gay science and an extremely technical art of speaking justly in civil matters. Where we encounter the laws of love today, it is as an anthropological relic or as an amusing curiosity. As if love were simply a curiosity, a marginal aspect of social life. As if the hidden intimacies of the public sphere were no more than bizarre distractions from what is really taking place, the main event, politics or institutional action as usual. And as if working life were free of love and hate, libido and lust. No fun in that, neither erotics nor pleasure. So take another example. Yet one more marginal text. A genuinely minor contribution. A little symptom in the form of a lawyer’s spoof of the laws of love that appeared toward the end of the last century, just a few years back, in the halcyon days of late 1994. First, however, a little context.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Laws of LoveConclusion: Does Love Have Standing?

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
ISBN
978-1-349-28311-8
Pages
195 –216
DOI
10.1057/9780230626539_13
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Abstract

[The modern history of the laws of love has been that of a sorry misplacement. The laws have been discounted, marginalized, mislaid, confined to peripheral spaces. They have formed at most a very minor jurisdiction. Their paradoxical competence has been that of a forgotten erudition, their momentary and generally esoteric manifestations have been in the curious form of very obscure, highly serious and worthily scholarly recollections of a paradoxically dour gay science and an extremely technical art of speaking justly in civil matters. Where we encounter the laws of love today, it is as an anthropological relic or as an amusing curiosity. As if love were simply a curiosity, a marginal aspect of social life. As if the hidden intimacies of the public sphere were no more than bizarre distractions from what is really taking place, the main event, politics or institutional action as usual. And as if working life were free of love and hate, libido and lust. No fun in that, neither erotics nor pleasure. So take another example. Yet one more marginal text. A genuinely minor contribution. A little symptom in the form of a lawyer’s spoof of the laws of love that appeared toward the end of the last century, just a few years back, in the halcyon days of late 1994. First, however, a little context.]

Published: Sep 30, 2015

Keywords: Public Sphere; Hate Crime; Blind Date; Sexual Mores; Civil Matter

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