Organizers: Institute of Jewish Studies and Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values (University of Antwerp).
With the support of Institutum Iudaicum.
15-16 May 2012
Universiteit Antwerpen - Hof van Liere (Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen)
The idea of self-transcendence, or of leaving aside one’s own self-interest and adopting the point of view of the other, is a central theme in moral philosophy and religious studies. Sacrifice, moreover, is an essential phenomenon for legal and political life. This workshop addresses the role that sacrifice plays in a political and legal order, with particular emphasis on the establishment and preservation of constitutional law. This question will be approached from the perspective of legal, political and religious studies.
The workshop raises the following questions: First, does a political and legal order need to be grounded on a sacrificial logic? The second question, arising from contemporary pluralism, considers how a given political order copes with moral conflicts arising from the performance of sacrifice. The third question considers how different monotheistic religions deal with the phenomenon of sacrifice and the extent to which they recognize a sacrificial logic. Finally, we ask how it can be prevented that sacrifice turns into a practice of idolatry, or, conversely, into a political order completely devoid of any sacrificial aspect (as the European Union has sometimes been described).
This workshop marks the beginning of a cooperation between the Institute of Jewish Studies and the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values as pertains to the common research endeavor on the topic of ‘Law and Religion’.
Speakers and Respondents:
Prof. Moshe Halbertal (Keynote)
Prof. Paul Kahn
Prof. Johan van der Walt
Prof. Wolfgang Palaver
Prof. Luc Anckaert
Dr. Paula Schwebel
Prof. Arthur Cools
Prof. Vivian Liska
Dr. Marco Goldoni