Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-32
Ethan H. MacAdam (Section 01)
What is the role of silence in matters of justice? When considered in the verbally and textually based contexts of legal processes, silence seems an odd phenomenon on which to focus, and yet the silences of the court and its various actors form a crucial aspect of legal proceedings and their legacies; in larger and more general contexts, silence--as a marker for what is absent, what is not said, what cannot be said, etc.--conditions some of our most important instincts about the justness of human conduct. Is silence a force for justice or against it, or does it exist in some other relation to justice? If the answer to this question changes with context, then what sort of concept is silence? How do deliberate, voluntary, coerced, unintentional, or emergent silences differ on practical and moral levels? In this course, we will examine answers to these questions in case law, legal theory, and critical perspectives drawn from philosophy, literature and political science.
Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer MacAdam.