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Liza Mattutat (ed.), Roberto Nigro (ed.), ...: What’s Legit?

Liza Mattutat (ed.), Roberto Nigro (ed.), Nadine Schiel (ed.), Heiko Stubenrauch (ed.)

What’s Legit?
Critiques of Law and Strategies of Rights

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Once considered a stepchild of social theory, legal criticism has received a great deal of attention in recent years, perpetuating what has always been an ambivalent relationship. On the one hand, law is praised for being a cultural achievement, on the other, it is criticised for being an instrument of state oppression. Legal criticism’s strategies to deal with this ambivalence differ greatly: while some theoreticians seek to transcend the institution of law altogether, others advocate a transformation of the form of law or try to employ counter-hegemonic strategies to change the content of law, deconstruct its basis or invent rights. By presenting a variety of heterogeneous approaches to legal criticism, this volume points out transitions and exhibits irreconcilable differences of these approaches. Without denying the diversity of different forms of critique, they are related to one another with the aim of broadening the debates which all too often are conducted only within the boundaries of the separate theoretical currents.

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Liza Mattutat

Liza Mattutat

is a PhD student at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She studied literature and philosophy at TU Darmstadt. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as a research assistant within the DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique.” From 2015 to 2016 she was part of the DFG research group “Beyond a Politics of Punishment,” based at Kassel University. Her interests lie in philosophy of law, political philosophy, critical theory and French philosophy. She is currently writing her PhD thesis, which relates philosophical critiques of law to current legal politics from a feminist perspective.
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Roberto Nigro

Roberto Nigro

is full Professor of philosophy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He also is an ancien Directeur de programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. His areas of research and teaching interest include aesthetics, political philosophy, and cultural theory with a special focus on French and Italian contemporary philosophy (in particular Foucault, Deleuze, and new-Operaism) and the legacy of German philosophy (in particular Marx, Nietzsche, and Heidegger) in contemporary thought.
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Nadine Schiel

is a research associate at the Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. She's a PhD candidate at the DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique.”
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Heiko Stubenrauch

Heiko Stubenrauch

is Research Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy and Science of Art at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He studied philosophy, sociology, economics, cultural studies and art history in Frankfurt, Lüneburg and Hamburg. From 2016 to 2019 he worked as a researcher and PhD student within the DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique.” He has published on critical theory, political philosophy and philosophy of technology. He is co-editor of What’s Legit? Criticism of Law and Strategies of Rights (Zurich: diaphanes, 2020). His main research interests are the Frankfurt School, poststructuralism, German Idealism, Marxism, aesthetics and theories of the unconscious. In his PhD thesis, he examines the relationship between critique and affect, especially in the works of Kant, Adorno and Deleuze.
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