Law and the Humanities: An Introduction

Legislation and the arts: An advent brings jointly a distinct staff of students from legislations colleges and an array of the disciplines within the humanities. participants come from the us and in another country in acceptance of the worldwide succeed in of this box. This publication is, at one and a similar time, a inventory taking either one of diversified nationwide traditions and of a few of the modes and matters of legislation and arts scholarship. it's also an attempt to chart destiny instructions for the sphere. through reviewing and examining latest scholarship and delivering thematic content material and detailed arguments, it bargains to its readers either a source and a provocation. therefore, legislation and the arts marks the maturation of this legislation and company and may spur its additional development."

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Introduction 27 Next, Smith discusses transitional justice, the problem of responding to totalitarian regimes and genocide. In the wake of great atrocity, the individualized retributive or corrective justice are not systematic enough to bring about reconciliation. The problem with a system of transitional justice is that, “repairing wrongs and compensating losses can, when the background allocation is deeply unjust, involve wronging others in deeply profound ways, thereby perpetuating the cycle of injustice.

The chapters in this section address, among others, the following questions: How do ideas of justice change over time and under what conditions? What are the principal ideas of justice and what is their genealogy? How does law come into being and what is its impulse or purpose? Chaya Halberstam helps us understand the different views of the idea of justice that emerge in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (HB/OT) and offers an insightful new reading that sees the passionate, often violently vindictive justice enacted by God as rooted in a powerful, reflexive feeling of disgust.

Introduction 25 Unlike Oedipus who resists or denies the guilt that fate has doled out to him, Antigone “takes it on directly through a death driven desire,” the most unnatural desire of all. Kellogg points out that Antigone’s invocation of natural justice makes her appear unnaturally excessive in her desire for death. ” Kellogg then turns to the history of natural law theory, summarizing its development from the seventeenth century to today. Most importantly, Kellogg focuses on Kant and Freud.

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