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    What Is a Book? Kant and the Law of the Letter.Alain Pottage & Mario Biagioli - 2023 - Critical Inquiry 49 (4):605-625.
    Kant’s essay on the question of literary piracy has so far been read as a foundational text in the history of literary property. When Kant refers to the book as a “mute instrument,” scholars of intellectual property already know how to interpret that formulation because they presume the distinction that the contemporary jurisprudence of intellectual property makes between matter and form and its concomitant assumption that print is just an inert, nonagentive medium. In fact, Kant begins his analysis of unauthorized (...)
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    An Apocalyptic Patent.Alain Pottage - 2020 - Law and Critique 31 (3):239-252.
    It was originally suggested that the Anthropocene began in 1784, the date of James Watt’s patent for the rotative steam engine. Patent dates are interesting artefacts. They owe their existence to the chronopoietic technique of patent jurisprudence, which generates temporal sequences out of synchronous states of knowledge. This may not be geological time, but it informs the experience of time that is proper to the culture whose deposits of Pu-239 now mark the onset of the Anthropocene. Patent jurisprudence makes a (...)
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    Law after Anthropology: Object and Technique in Roman Law.Alain Pottage - 2014 - Theory, Culture and Society 31 (2-3):147-166.
    Anthropological scholarship after Marilyn Strathern does something that might surprise lawyers schooled in the tradition of ‘law and society’, or ‘law in context’. Instead of construing law as an instrument of social forces, or as an expression of processes by which society maintains and reproduces itself, a new mode of anthropological enquiry focuses sharply on ‘law itself’, on what Annelise Riles calls the ‘technicalities’ of law. How might the legal scholar be inspired by this approach? In this article, I explore (...)
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  4. Our geological contemporary.Alain Pottage - 2017 - In Justin Desautels-Stein & Christopher Tomlins (eds.), Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
     
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  5. A Unique and different subject of law.Alain Pottage - 2009 - In Peter Goodrich & David Gray Carlson (eds.), Law and the Postmodern Mind: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Jurisprudence. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
     
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    Lexical properties: Trademarks, dictionaries, and the sense of the generic.Jose Bellido & Alain Pottage - 2019 - History of Science 57 (1):119-139.
    The third edition of Webster’s International Dictionary, first published in 1961, represented a novel approach to lexicography. It recorded the English language used in everyday life, incorporating colloquial terms that previous grammarians would have considered unfit for any responsible dictionary. Many were scandalized by the new lexicography. Trademark lawyers were not the most prominent of these critics, but the concerns they expressed are significant because they touched on the core structure of the trademark as a form of property in language. (...)
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