Law and violence

Christoph Menke in dialogue

By Christoph Menke

Law and violence


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0508-0
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2018
  • BIC Category: Political Theory, Political science & theory, Philosophy, Methods, theory & philosophy of law, Jurisprudence & general issues, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society, LAW / General, PHILOSOPHY / General, Society & social sciences / Violence in society, Humanities / Philosophy, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Jurisprudence & Philosophy Of Law
  • Series: Critical Powers


Christoph Menke is a third-generation Frankfurt School theorist, and widely acknowledged as one of the most interesting philosophers in Germany today. His lead essay focuses on the fundamental question for legal and political philosophy: the relationship between law and violence. The first part of the essay shows why and in what precise sense the law is irreducibly violent; the second part establishes the possibility of the law becoming self-reflectively aware of its own violence. The volume contains responses by María del Rosario Acosta López, Daniel Loick, Alessandro Ferrara, Ben Morgan, Andreas Fischer-Lescano and Alexander García Düttmann. It concludes with Menke's reply to his critics.


Christoph Menke is Professor of Philosophy at Goethe University, Frankfurt


Part I: Lead essay
1 Law and violence - Christoph Menke
Part II: Responses
2 Between law and violence: towards a re-thinking of legal justice in transitional justice contexts -
María del Rosario Acosta López
3 Law without violence - Daniel Loick
4 Deconstructing the deconstruction of the law: reflections on Menke's 'Law and violence' - Alessandro Ferrara
5 Law in action: Ian McEwan's The Children Act and the limits of the legal practices in Menke's 'Law and violence' - Ben Morgan
6 Postmodern legal theory as critical theory - Andreas Fischer-Lescano
7 Self-reflection - Alexander García Düttmann
Part III: Reply
8 A reply to my critics - Christoph Menke

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