Violence and the Law

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Violence and the Law
Fall 2023
Taught By: Luis Guzman
Section: A

CRN: 15724

Credits: 3

The establishment of law can be seen as the uprooting of violence: a social contract according to which all parties agree to cease all violent actions. Violence can thus be considered antithetical to the law. Yet one could also argue that the imposition of law is the violent act par excellence and that violence plays a structural role without which the law could not sustain itself. When is violence legitimate? Who decides? Is enforcement of the law always a violent act? Do we need to distinguish between different types of violence? In this course, we read political philosophers from the 20th century including Benjamin, Schmitt, Arendt, and Derrida, as well as earlier thinkers such as Hobbes and Nietzsche.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:00am EDT 3/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023