‘The Power to Punish’ Elise Wang (Princeton University)

Public Lecture, American Studies Colloquium

11/16/2015 15:49
We invite you to attend a public lecture on Monday, 23/11/2015. at 18:00h; Amphitheater A2; Faculty of Philosophy of Tuzla; Organized and moderated by: prof. dr. Damir Arsenijevic

Summary of Lecture

Clarice Lispector wrote: “There is no right to punish. There is only the power to punish.” Punishment may in fact be the originary power: one must claim the power to punish – to inflict pain in response to transgression – in order to hold any other kind of power. Thus, how a society understands punishment gets to the heart of its conception of its people, its world, and itself. This lecture will explore how thinkers – medieval to modern – have understood the theory and practice of punishment. I will address historical theories in order to construct the genealogy of our present understanding, much of which lies hidden under assumptions we no longer perceive.
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