EDITORIAL: DIALOGUE AS A SOURCE OF LAW VOLUME 12. SPECIAL ISSUE

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This Special Issue of the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History on “Dialogue as a source of law” is the second volume of the journal to be published exclusively online and exclusively in English. As was presented in the editorial from the previous issue, the journal was conceived from the very beginning as being a proposal for thinkers across the board to delve into intellectual history as a valid, independent discipline for the studying of human thought. In order for it to be accomplished successfully in the 21st century world, we highlighted the importance of relying on interdisciplinarity as a necessary methodological requirement as well as stressing the importance of factoring technology and artificial intelligence into these studies. Technology can be developed (and is being developed) as a powerful intellectual resource for analysis; but in this day and age, technology and all that it brings with it (AI, but also the internet, Big Data…) is an element that should also itself be analyzed as a component of the Intellectual History. This duplicity brings us to the issue at hand. Aware that the intellectual historian must work with ideas in two contexts (i) as abstract—albeit applicable—propositions and (ii) in specific historical, cultural instances, we curated a collection of articles which offer a sample of this complementary analytical attempt.

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