LAWSO 1 10-02-07 - • Ideological function of the law is...

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Unformatted text preview: • Ideological function of the law is to downplay the perspective of the litigant in favor of the judges’ interpretative act. Parable • A device that reveals a moral lesson through a simple story. • What is the “moral” of Kafka’s parable? Before the Law, Franz Kafka • What is the Law? • What is the door? • What is the gatekeeper? • Recall what the gatekeeper says: If it tempts you so much, try it in spite of my prohibition. But take note: I am powerful. And I am only the most lowly gatekeeper. What is the Law? • Freedom? • The thing you must be in accordance with? • The place everybody is trying to get to? The Law is some tricky sh#t! The door • Here no one else can gain entry, since this entrance was assigned only to you. I’m going now to close it. The gatekeeper • At least two possibilities: • Judgment • The man’s conscience The Law is some tricky sh#t!...
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