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Subject: 4:30 pm Mar 14th: Lecture Series on “Law & the Utopian Imagination”
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4:30 pm March 14th, 2012
Title: Lecture Series on “Law & the Utopian Imagination”
Event Type: Lecture/Reading
Campus: AC
Location: Room 100, Clark House
 
Johan van der Walt, Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Luxembourg, will present a paper titled “Utopian Thinking and the Platonic Quest for the True Human Nature: a Kelsenian Call for Caution.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law & the Utopian Imagination.”
van der Walt has held chairs in legal philosophy/legal theory at the Universities of Glasgow and Johannesburg. His research focuses on the way the discourse of law and specific or specialized discourses within law distinguish themselves from other discourses by means of economies of sacrifice and economies of giving. He is author of the monograph Law and Sacrifice (Routledge-2005) and has also published widely on the theme of law and sacrifice in law journals.
The paper being presented at Amherst will attempt to distinguish between a non-utopian and anti-utopian concept of law.
This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. For more information: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events






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