April 6, 2016
When addressing the law, sociology must assure itself of its subject. It transpires, however, that law tends to elude sociological analysis and, above all, is always inspired by something other than itself The notion of the “force of law” epitomizes a figure of thought capable of capturing two different moments: “force that is somehow external to the law, but which sets it in motion and brings it into force, and something that is inherent within the law and also constitutive of law. Forces that initially operate non-linguistically are indeed capable of writing law. The article explores the methodical and theoretical implications of a notion of law that proves perhaps to be more fragile, instable and yet more poweful than commonly thought.