Shakespeare and Justice

Monday, April 25, 2011

Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, explains how Shakespeare's greatest plays demonstrate what makes a fair and just society and can elucidate some of the most troubling issues in contemporary life. A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice addresses fundamental questions we ask about our world today: Why is the rule of law better than revenge? How much mercy should we show a wrongdoer? What does it mean to "prove" guilt or innocence?


Kenji Yoshino

Comments [5]

mr md khan from india

it wasn’t romance and beauty but disease and squalor that dominated the world of the man Paul Johnson calls ‘the most creative man’ in the history of the world. So what inspired such greatness in him?

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Jul. 16 2011 07:26 PM
Jeff from Tel Aviv

I want to study law after listening to Yoshino! What an articulate fellow. Also, a shout out to the latest novel of his former professor at Yale, Peter Brooks. It's called The Emperor's Body and it's a really good book.

Apr. 27 2011 03:05 PM

I loved this segment! so sorry I had to miss the event.

Apr. 26 2011 06:32 AM
Ed from Larchmont

And if that were so, one would expect justice, which he had been denied, to be a central concern in his plays.

Apr. 25 2011 12:43 PM
Ed from Larchmont

If Shakespeare was a devout Catholic, as Joseph Pearce argues in his recent books (In search of Shakespeare, etc.), then he was in a society where he faced persecution and was restricted in what he could say and do, and had seen people he knew killed. (See sonnet 22 and Thomas More reference also.) If that's so, his central concern would be to address and portray a radically unjust society, one that I find dramatized in MacBeth.

Apr. 25 2011 12:26 PM

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