Werner Hamacher


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‘As long as there are human rights, there is no human justice.’
Werner Hamacher

Justice is a buzzword in the current debates on human rights and law of reason, personal rights and international law. But how to define it? Taking a lead from classic political philosophy, the internationally renowned literary scholar Werner Hamacher works on the assumption that language is the basis of justice. In studies on Plato, Aristotle and Kant, Milton, Locke, Mendelssohn and Hamann, Celan and Legendre, he illustrates the history of linguistic abbreviation in the dominant theories of law. His alternative is the memory of a language that does not restrict itself to judgements, but aims to widen the act of speaking and dissolve its boundaries. An inspiring and important contribution to a fundamental debate.

About Werner Hamacher

Werner Hamacher, born 1948, studied comparative literature, philosophy, German literature, sociology and religious studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. From 1984 to 1998 he was professor of German and the humanities at Johns Hopkins University, USA, from 1998 professor of general and comparative literature in Frankfurt am Main, and since 2005 he had also taught at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. He has held numerous guest professorships, including in New York, Amsterdam, Yale, Paris and Berlin. His work lies along the boundaries of literary scholarship and the philosophy of language and history, in the field of aesthetics and hermeneutics.

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