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April 27, 2013


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Matt Crow

I might have to use my author discount for that- looks impressive, and necessary. (I'll have to check, I might have used up all of my credit on Wittgenstein stuff...) I'll definitely be requesting that our library purchase it.

This issue of the technology of law, I think, is a fascinating and promising one. And I would want to say that it has to include the history of legal learning and practice in addition to or as part of the history of books and manuscripts. It would be in many ways the history of a techne. Does the history of legal techniques count as the human side of the history of legal technology, and if so, if carried out in the spirit of rethinking our own practice, does it count as "applied legal history?"

Alfred Brophy

Thanks for the kind words, Matt -- my hope is that libraries will buy this. I understand a paperback edition priced for sales to individuals will be on the way, but not for a couple of years.

I'm increasingly using the law as technology theme. "Law" (everything from forms for mortgages and contracts to the criminal justice system) was a sophisticated and extremely useful technology. Just like the printing press, the gun, and the ax, law helped bring order and economic advance.

Not sure of the relationship of "law as technology" as a form of applied legal history....

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