Undoing Legal Violence: Walter Benjamin's and Giorgio Agamben's Aesthetics of Pure Means
19 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2007
Giorgio Agamben calls for a playful relation to law as a way to counteract its inherent violence. Such a relation would prevent law from functioning as a means to an end, instead treating it as a pure means. This article evaluates the significance of Agamben's proposal and of the concept of pure means, arguing that both implicitly draw on a Kantian model of aesthetic experience.
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