next week's classes will be devoted to a complex and incredibly fascinating topic: Law and Religion.
Here are two brief introductions to the seminars:
1. The Poetics of the Law in Ancient Judaism
The Tanakh (the jewish “Bible”) is not just a religious book : it is a collection of law books which includes narratives and literary texts. Alexandrine Judaism developed a very detailed theory on the reason why the Law has not to limit itself to using imperative forms and has to adopt a larger variety of rhetoric and literary forms. What is a form of Law, which speaks the language of Literature?
2. Law and Biography : from the Gospels to Facebook
The inclusion of the four Gospels in the New Testament (the juridical Appendix to the Tanakh –the Old Testament) represents a sort of revolution in the history of Western normative forms : for the first time four biography were at the center of a Law Book. Which kind of normativity is embodied in a biography ?
For what concerns the readings, you just got an email with a list of them.
Prof. Coccia's CV:
Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor in Social Sciences at the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His research focuses on the history of christian normativity and on aesthetics. Among his publications are : La trasparenza delle imagine. Averroè e l'averroismo, Milano 2005 (Spanish transl. 2008), Angeli. Ebraismo Cristianesimo Islam, Milano 2009 (with G. Agamben), La vie sensible, Paris 2011 (portuguese transl. 2010, Spanish transl. 2011, Italian transl 2011, Romanian transl. 2011 ; English transl. forthcoming), and Le bien dans les choses, Paris 2013 (Italian transl. 2014, Portuguese, German and Spanish transl. forthcoming).