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Literature for legal philosophy course fall 1999

Psychoanalysis and law

1. (07/09) Introduction

2. (14/09) Michel Foucault, The history of sexuality, Pantheon 1978. Chs 1 and 2: 'We other Victorians' and 'The repressive hypothesis'. In: Paul Rabinow, The Foucault Reader (Pantheon 1984), 292-329
* How speaking about sexuality became constitutive for western subjectivity

2. (21/09) Drucilla Cornell, The imaginary domain; Routledge 1995. Chs 1 and 5: 'Living together: psychic space and the demand for sexual equality', and 'Conclusion: why law?,' 3-30 and 231-238
* Importance of the imaginary domain, the moral space necessary for the evalution of our sexual difference as free and equal persons, for the constitution of (legal) subjects

3. (28/09) Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black, Freud and beyond. A history of modern psychoanalytic thought; Basic 1995. Chs. 1 and 7: 'Sigmund Freud and the classical psychoanalytical tradition' and 'Contemporary Freudian revisionists: Otto Kernberg, Roy Schafer, Hans Loewald, and Jacques Lacan', 1-22 and 170-205.
* Introduction to basic psychoanalytic notions of Freud and Lacan.

4. (05/10) David S. Caudill, 'Freud and Critical Legal Studies: contours of a radical socio-legal psychoanalysis', in: Jerry D. Leonard (ed.), Legal studies as cultural studies. SUNY 1995, 21-84 (text 21-49, notes 49-84)
* Psychoanalytic insights used for an 'external' critique of law

5. (12/10) Pierre Legendre, 'The other dimension of law', in: Peter Goodrich, David Gray Carlson (eds.), Law and the postmodern mind. Essays on psychoanalysis and jurisprudence. University of Michigan press 1998, 175- 192
* The normative enterprise of legality can only be understood critically in terms of its essentially mythological fabrication of the human subject as a subject of law.

6. (19/10) Michel Rosenfeld, 'The identity of the constitutional subject', in: Goodrich/Carlson, 143-175.
* Creation of the legal subject as an exercise of negation, metaphor and metonymy

7. (26/10) Alain Pottage, 'A unique and different subject of law', in: Goodrich and Carlson, 13-51
* Irigaray and Levinas: rights as markers of a new model of sexuate subjectivity

8. (02/11) Nicola Lacey, Unspeakable subjects. Oxford: Hart 1998. Ch. 4: 'Unspeakable subjects, impossible rights: sexuality, integrity and criminal law', 98-124
* Criminal law and feminist critiques of (sexual) dualism: Irigaray, Butler; Drucilla Cornell ('imaginary domain') and Jennifer Nedelsky on sexual autonomy.

9. (09/11) Drucilla Cornell, At the heart of freedom; Princeton university press 1998. Chapter 2: 'Freed up: privacy, sexual freedom, and liberty of conscience', 33-65
* Individualism and the moral and psychic space needed for orientation as sexuate beings

10.(16/11) Nicola Lacey, ch. 5: 'Community in legal theory', 125-164 Liberalism-communitarianism debate; the communitarian longing for primal unity; feminism versus communitarian conservatism; ('interpretive') community in Dworkin and Fish; beyond community?: Cornell, Goodrich,
* Levinas; otherness: Cornell, Benhabib, Douzinas & Warrington.

11.(23/11) Nicola Lacey, ch. 6: 'Closure and critique in feminist jurisprudence', 167-187.
* Discussion and critique of Carol Smart, MacKinnon/Dworkin, Roberto Unger, and Drucilla Cornell.

12.(30/11) Nicola Lacey, ch. 7: 'Feminist legal theory beyond neutrality', 188-220
* Contextualisation: Gilligan; primacy of sex difference: Drucilla Cornell, esp use of Lacan; Irigaray's ‚criture f‚minine.

13.(07/12) Slavoj Zizek, 'Why does the law need an obscene supplement?'; in: Goodrich and Carlson, 75-97
* Obedience requires distance; therefore, nothing is more subversive than literal following of decrees. Obedience therefore also needs the unwritten rules produced by the original lawless violence that founded the rule of law itself.

14.(14/12) Final session: review and evaluation.

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