Undoing Legal Violence: Walter Benjamin's and Giorgio Agamben's Aesthetics of Pure Means

19 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2007

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Benjamin Morgan

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Abstract

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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Morgan, Benjamin, Undoing Legal Violence: Walter Benjamin's and Giorgio Agamben's Aesthetics of Pure Means. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 46-64, March 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2007.00381.x

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