Law & Humanities

A Criminal Case by Daumier, 1865, J. Paul Getty Museum

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Understanding what justice demands requires struggling with basic questions of form, history, interpretation, memory, emotion, and value that are sometimes given short shrift in more empirically oriented approaches to law.

This Course Thread makes participants aware of the importance of the humanities in relation to questions of law and literature, law and history, law and philosophy, law and music, and law and the visual arts. Through this Thread, students consider what law is and where it resides.

By including departments across the humanities and the social sciences, the Course Thread allows students to interrogate formal texts of law as well as the intellectual and cultural contexts through which law has become the complex practice and knowledge that it is.