Should Law Keep Pace With Technology? Law as Katechon

Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 34 (5-6):128-132 (2014)
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Abstract

It is a commonly held belief that the law is unable to keep up with the fierce technological development and innovation that denote our times. The current essay attempts to show that this characteristic of the law should not necessarily be considered a disadvantage. Using the Biblical concept of the katechon, we argue that the law fulfills a katechontic function vis-a-vis technological progress. That is to say, its retarding effect might create positive spillovers that open spaces for debate, discussion, contestation, resistance, and reconstruction.

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