Unbalancing Justice: Overcoming the Limits of the Law in Batman Begins
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From Star Trek to Star Wars, popular culture is replete with images and signs of what might be called theological ‘bad infinity’ — that is, a law of endless binarism, of recurrent dualities of good and evil, the one (Anakin Skywalker) turning into the other (Darth Vader). I want to interrupt this disseminatory flow, in order to investigate how this essentially ‘pagan’ cosmology — of replicating balance, of law’s symbolic harmony — is challenged, even undone, by an alternative, radical ‘Christian’ theology as embodied in the figure of Batman-as-Christological type. In so doing, I will ‘use’ popular culture (specifically Batman Begins) to propound a theology, as well as legality, of ‘the Real,’ drawing upon such sources as Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, and Joseph Campbell.
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Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation