159A | CCN: 30924

Great Theorists in the Rhetoric of Political and Legal Theory


Instructor: Marianne Constable,

4 Units

 T/Th 5:00-6:30pm, Dwinelle 209

The course this semester focuses on Aeschylus, whose trilogy, The Oresteia, continues to be a touchstone for legal philosophers and others interested in the founding of the Athenian legal order and its relation to Western thought. We will focus on the third tragedy in the trilogy, The Eumenides, to discuss, among other issues: revenge versus law; speech acts in drama and law; foundings and fates; tragedy and politics; and trial scenes. In addition to the trilogy, required readings will include selections drawn from Plato, Aristotle, and so forth, to Nietzsche, and our own contemporaries.

Requirements include attendance, participation, weekly reading and writing assignments, and a final paper. Attendance during the first 2 weeks is required: enrolled students who do not attend will be dropped in favor of those who do.