Judith Butler – The Problem with our Laws

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Date(s) - 10/10 - 10/12
3:00pm - 8:30pm

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Judith Butler – The Problem with our Laws
This course will consider whether Kafka’s short works carry a theory of law, focusing on parables, fragments, and stories in relation to the idealization of law and legal violence. We will also look at selected writings by Walter Benjamin, including an exchange between Benjamin on Scholem, on the relationship between law and life. We will ask whether Kafka’s writings can give rise to a theoretical understanding of law that does not override their figural and fragmented character. Further, we will ask why Kafka became the center of debates about the status of the law in 1934-38 as Scholem and others sought to understand whether law had abandoned human history or become irreversibly profane.