Kafka, Benjamin, Derrida: On Violence, Law and Justice


  • Zhiron Khujadze




Derrida, Kafka, Benjamin, Freud, Before the Law, Literature, Law, Justice, Deconstruction, Aporia.


   The present text is the second part of the article published in the previous issue of the journal. If in the initial section Kafka’s parable “Before the Law” was considered from the philosophical thinking of Walter Benjamin, on the one hand, from Talmudic categories, and on the other hand, from the perspective of the violent nature of law, in the subsequent section the parable will be deconstructed by Derrida, on the one hand, through a quasi-psychoanalytical reading and utilizing Freudian concepts, and on the other hand, by investigating the relationship between law and justice as the aporetic experience between the universal and the singular.

Author Biography

Zhiron Khujadze

Phd student of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty of Law, Research Fellow at Tinatin Tsereteli Institute of State and Law, Assistant at Legal Methods Department, TSU Faculty of Law.


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How to Cite

Khujadze, Z. (2023). Kafka, Benjamin, Derrida: On Violence, Law and Justice. Journal of Law, (2), 21–37 (Geo) 20. https://doi.org/10.60131/jlaw.2.2023.7692