Antigone and the nature of law

Staehler, Tanja (2007) Antigone and the nature of law. In: Freeman, M and Harrison, R (eds.) Law and Philosophy. Current Legal Issues . Oxford University Press, pp. 137-155. ISBN 9780199237159

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This chapter argues that Antigone is a tragedy about law and its inherent conflicts. The nature of the human as it emerges from this tragedy has to include an understanding of the human as a creature entangled in law, or specifically, as both creator of and subject to laws. There is an essential tension at the core of law. On the one hand, it is the nature of law that it has to be conceived as something unchangeable, like the sacred laws which Antigone invokes to justify her actions. On the other hand, laws are either created by humans or at least receive their specific formulations from humans, and in that sense, they are open to criticism and modification. It is shown that approaching the law from the outset as open to changes and interpretations means not to treat it as a law.

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Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Tanja Staehler
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:49
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