BUJS Forum with Jeffrey Bernstein – “The Problem of our Law: Political Theology and the Theological-Political Problem in Strauss and Agamben”

February 29, 2016 Boston

Law and politics are closely related in the thought of Leo Strauss and Giorgio Agamben, though in other respects these two thinkers are polar opposites. Strauss rejects political theology and aspires to understand the deep connection of law and the good society. In contrast, Agamben’s Pauline political theology seeks to interrupt the efficacy of law. By juxtaposing these thinkers, Jeffrey Bernstein explores the question of law in religious and political registers manifest in contemporary society.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Bernstein is an associate professor in the Philosophy Department at the College of the Holy Cross. He works in areas of Spinoza, German philosophy, and Jewish thought. His book, Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, was published by SUNY Press in 2015. He is currently at work on a study of Giorgio Agamben’s treatment of Jewish thought and psychoanalytic theory.

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Monday, February 29, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
147 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

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