Food for Thought: Deconstruction and Justice

Promising Justice: The Becoming of Law and Society – Just Events: Law and Society

In this class, we will study deconstructivist approaches to law and society, which view law, society, and justice not as fixed and discrete categories, but as concepts that are ‘always becoming’. The work of Derrida and Fitzpatrick will feature prominently in our discussion.

Food for Thought: 

Explain, in your own words, the meaning of Derrida’s claim “Deconstruction is Justice”. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain.


This is our final ‘food for thought’ question for this semester. It is a straightforward but challenging question. I think that you will find that it is worthwhile to review both of the readings for this week before attending class on Friday:

Pavlich (2011) – Chapter 11 – Just Events: Law and Society

Weber, Elisabeth (2005). “Deconstruction is Justice”, SubStance 34(1): 38-43


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