Labont Law. Across Law and Philosophy
Law defines our everyday life and can constitute a jumping off point for transdisciplinary scholarship because of its social and cultural relevance. The interest for juridical orders has a long tradition in the framework of philosophy and social sciences. From Emile Durkheim to Max Weber, from Marcel Mauss to Claude Lévi-Strauss, from Carlo Ginzburg to Michel Foucault, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and economists have often demonstrated a deep interest in the role played by law as well as by other kinds of normativity more generally. In particular during the last decades social scientists and humanists have overcome the remaining skepticism with respect to the legal world and its (ostensible) technical rigidity, demonstrating to be able to manage juridical concepts and categories.
Modern legal cultures have been characterized by a certain autonomy towards social reality, to some extent they the discourse on law has been self-referential. Only by means of a deeply transdisciplinary dialogue can law become relevant for the humanities and the social sciences.
Labont Law aims at building a space for a fertile interaction between philosophers (particularly those specializing in ontology), lawyers and legal theorists. The Labont Law seminar reflects the variety of the fields of philosophy in which the members of the Labont work – in particular ontology, aesthetics, gender studies, political philosophy, ethics.