Nomopoiesis. A proposal of a concept
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Power, fiction, foundation, image, institution.

How to Cite

Beltramo, G. L. (2020). Nomopoiesis. A proposal of a concept. Teoria E Critica Della Regolazione Sociale / Theory and Criticism of Social Regulation. Retrieved from


In the nineties of the last century, Italian anthropologist Francesco Remotti created a useful and active popular frame, that sums up in an image the idea of making humanity: anthropopoiesis. In brief, this theory states that every society pictures a human in his image and likeness, whether consciously or not, whether the poietical process is explicit or implicit.

Starting in France from jurist Pierre Legendre, the dogmatic anthropology (i.e. focused on the fiduciary power of images) will lead to the legal aesthetics theory of the fictional foundation of law. The law, and the society moulded on it, is based on a foundation people give credence to. However, as it is impossible to prove the truth of it, there comes the fiction - the founding place is dogmatic, mythical and always "elsewhere".

Nomopoiesis aims to be a bridge-frame for these two theories, a linkage that is as yet untested. I intend to demonstrate that the foundation is the same one and push together the theoretical contributions of the two disciplines.

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