The Genealogy of Continental Philosophy and Law

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Meets: W, W, Th, Th 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 3036; W, W, Th, Th 7:00pm - 9:00pm
2 classroom credits

Drop Deadline: October 16, 2014 by 11:59pm EST

This year long seminar will read and discuss short books or heavily edited texts by twelve authors whose reflections on law have had a deep influence on modern legal thought. These are Bentham, Kant, Hegel, Savigny, Marx, Jhering, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Weber, Freued. Schmitt and Kelsen. The seminar will first of all be concerned with developing clear and accurate interpretations of the texts. A second focus will be on the authors’ interventions in legal theory as situated in the social and political context of their times. A third will be identifying the development and subsequent transformation of new modes of legal reasoning, as bearing on law as a supposedly autonomous discipline.

Reactions papers and a twenty page final paper will be required.

Note:: The credit breakdown for this seminar is as follows: two total credits with one credit awarded in the fall and one credit awarded in the spring.

The seminar will meet on the following dates: October 15, 16, 22, 23, February 18, 19, 25, 26, April 21, 22, 28 and 29.


Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory .