Las artes visuales y escénicas en la Educación jurídica. La imaginación moral

The Moral Imagination and the Legal Life

Beyond Text in Legal Education

Edited by Zenon Bankowski, and Maksymilian Del Mar

Ashgate, London, (Serie ‘Emerging Legal Education’), 2013, 240 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-4094-2808-4

What role can resources that go beyond text play in the development of moral education in law schools and law firms? How can these resources – especially those from the visual and performing arts – nourish the imagination needed to confront the ethical complexities of particular situations? This book asks and answers these questions, thereby introducing radically new resources for law schools and law firms committed to fighting against the moral complacency that can all too often creep into the life of the law.

The chapters in this volume build on the companion volume, The Arts and the Legal Academy, also published by Ashgate, which focuses on the role of non-textual resources in legal education generally. Concentrating in particular on the moral dimension of legal education, the contributors in this volume include a wide range of theorists and leading legal educators from the UK and the US.


Introduction, Zenon Bankowski and Maksymilian Del Mar

Space to see: law and the ethical imagination, Zenon Bankowski

The education of attention and encounter in the legal academy, Maksymilian Del Mar

On encountering life and learning with/out the text: reflections on Bankowski and Del Mar, Julian Webb

A university is not the world: and nor is its law school, Anthony Bradney; ‘Associated life’: democratic

professionalism and the moral imagination, Paul Maharg

Challenging the primacy of the text: the role of the visual in legal education, Clare Sandford-Couch

Twyla Tharp goes to law school: on the use of the visual and performing arts in professional education, Tom Mayo

Truth in context: sketching a (new) historicist legal pedagogy, Randy Gordon

Performance, pedagogy and law: theatre of the oppressed in the law school classroom, Gillian Calder



Zenon Bańkowski is Emeritus Professor of Legal Theory at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh (UK) and a community mediator. He was Principal Investigator of the AHRC Beyond Text in Legal Education Project, based at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.

Maksymilian Del Mar is Lecturer in Legal and Social Philosophy at the Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London (UK). He has a PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Social Science from the University of Lausanne. He is Co-Convenor of the Legal Theory and Legal History Research Group at Queen Mary.

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