chapter  20
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Anton Schütz (2000), 'Thinking the Law with and against Luhmann, Legendre, Agamben', Law and Critique, 11, pp. 107-36

Theorising on law has much in common with a conversation in which every utterance takes two different values according to the two different contexts within which it appears at the same time, as in the case of the Duke of Choiseul's words. One face is tumed toward the law. In Chamfort's anecdote this corresponds to the official meaning of Choiseul's question:

the concealed, or (for Heideggerians) to unconceal the undisclosed? In comparison with the last years of French court life, the situation is trickier now. At that time, the King hirnself was exposed - "liable" - to esprit. This is what is witnessed e contrario by another one ofthe classic replies: "Sire, le roi n'est pas un sujet!".