Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Law in Modern Society: Towards a Criticism of Social Theory (Book, 1976)

Law in Modern Society (Free Press 1976) was my second book, published one year after “Knowledge and Politics.” Related by its typological and comparative method to the tradition of Montesquieu, Maine, Durkheim, and Weber, it treats each type of law as the master tool for making and maintaining a type of society. The first and the last chapters point the way to the exercise of social analysis and institutional imagination I would later develop in my Politics books, beginning with “Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task.”