Labyrinth Books, the Schell Center for International Human Rights, and the Yale Law Library invite you to join us at the store for a discussion between Professors Paul Kahn and Robert Post of the pressing issue of political violence.
"A provocative, thoughtful, and learned exegesis of the relationship of torture, terror, state violence, and sovereignty."
---Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Gil and Frank Mustin Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College
In Sacred Violence, the distinguished political and legal theorist Paul W. Kahn investigates the reasons for the resort to violence characteristic of premodern states. In a startling argument, he contends that law will never offer an adequate account of political violence. Instead, we must turn to political theology, which reveals that torture and terror are, essentially, forms of sacrifice. Kahn forces us to acknowledge what we don't want to see: that we remain deeply committed to a violent politics beyond law.
Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities at Yale Law School and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. He is the author of many books, including The Cultural Study of Law: Reconstructing Legal Scholarship; Putting Liberalism in its Place and Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil. Robert Post is the David Boies Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and affirmative action. His books include Civil Society and Government.