The Genealogy of Continental Philosophy and Law

The Genealogy of Continental Philosophy and Law

Professor Duncan Kennedy, Visiting Professor Mikhail Xifaras
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 seminar
W, Th 7:15pm - 9:15pm in WCC Room 4059; W, Th 7:15pm - 9:15pm
2 classroom credits

This year long seminar will read and discuss heavily edited texts by eleven 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, 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.


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.

This seminar will meet for four-two hour sessions in the fall on the following dates: October 23, 24, 30 and 31. There will be eight-two hour sessions in the spring on the following dates: February 19, 20, 26, 27, April 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Drop Deadline: October 24, 2013