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Grandeur and Misery of the Social State
Kafka’s day job, defending injured factory workers, as starting point for an illuminating study of the West’s social-protection mechanisms. Mixed legacies and uncertain future of a system built to mitigate the tensions of industrialization.
Law and Labour
Behind the struggles over employment laws in France and Germany, Alain Supiot describes a deeper battle over legal systems. Are national legislative models—now benchmarked for investment efficiency by the international institutions—becoming rival products in a world market of norms?
The Labyrinth of Human Rights
Dogmatic foundations as an invariant of all civilizations, and the religious origins of the contemporary doctrine of human rights in the West. Can, despite its undemonstrability, a particular creed become a common resource of humanity, appropriated in different ways across the planet?
Ontologies of Law
Western modes of thought have embodied concepts of law since the sun god of Ancient Babylon issued his edicts to the stars. Alain Supiot surveys their successive evolutions and ambivalent laicization across the centuries, from Gratian and Abelard to Becker and Bourdieu.