Natural Law and Vengeance: Jurisprudence on the Streets of Gotham

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)
105 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Batman is allied with modern natural law in the way he relies upon reason to bring about his vision of 'true justice', operating as a force external to law. This vision of justice is a protective one, with Batman existing as a guardian—a force for resistance against the corruption of the state and the failures of the legal system. But alongside his rational means, Batman also employs violence as he moves beyond the boundaries of the civilised state into the dark and violent world outside law's protection. He thus sacrifices his own safety to ensure the safety of others—he is a Dark Knight, a sentinel, fighting the nasty and brutish underworld of criminality in his effort to bring rational order to the world and protect the people of Gotham from criminal harm. This fight for justice is fueled by a deeply private trauma: the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents: a private desire for vengeance that Batman transcends. In navigating Batman's jurisprudential dimensions, we are ultimately reminded that private desires and motivations are enfolded within the public structures of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-785
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Fingerprint

natural law
jurisprudence
justice
Law
Criminality
legal system
corruption
homicide
trauma
parents
violence
Jurisprudence
Vengeance
Natural Law
Batman
Justice

Keywords

  • Batman
  • Natural law
  • Violence
  • Justice/vengeance
  • Public/private
  • Resistance

Cite this

@article{b90f464e9db54324b7a8c3024a3048a8,
title = "Natural Law and Vengeance: Jurisprudence on the Streets of Gotham",
abstract = "Batman is allied with modern natural law in the way he relies upon reason to bring about his vision of 'true justice', operating as a force external to law. This vision of justice is a protective one, with Batman existing as a guardian—a force for resistance against the corruption of the state and the failures of the legal system. But alongside his rational means, Batman also employs violence as he moves beyond the boundaries of the civilised state into the dark and violent world outside law's protection. He thus sacrifices his own safety to ensure the safety of others—he is a Dark Knight, a sentinel, fighting the nasty and brutish underworld of criminality in his effort to bring rational order to the world and protect the people of Gotham from criminal harm. This fight for justice is fueled by a deeply private trauma: the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents: a private desire for vengeance that Batman transcends. In navigating Batman's jurisprudential dimensions, we are ultimately reminded that private desires and motivations are enfolded within the public structures of justice.",
keywords = "Batman, Natural law, Violence, Justice/vengeance, Public/private, Resistance",
author = "Thomas Giddens",
year = "2015",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1007/s11196-014-9392-7",
language = "English",
volume = "28",
pages = "765--785",
journal = "International Journal for the Semiotics of Law",
issn = "0952-8059",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "4",

}

Natural Law and Vengeance : Jurisprudence on the Streets of Gotham. / Giddens, Thomas.

In: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Vol. 28, No. 4, 12.2015, p. 765-785.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Natural Law and Vengeance

T2 - Jurisprudence on the Streets of Gotham

AU - Giddens, Thomas

PY - 2015/12

Y1 - 2015/12

N2 - Batman is allied with modern natural law in the way he relies upon reason to bring about his vision of 'true justice', operating as a force external to law. This vision of justice is a protective one, with Batman existing as a guardian—a force for resistance against the corruption of the state and the failures of the legal system. But alongside his rational means, Batman also employs violence as he moves beyond the boundaries of the civilised state into the dark and violent world outside law's protection. He thus sacrifices his own safety to ensure the safety of others—he is a Dark Knight, a sentinel, fighting the nasty and brutish underworld of criminality in his effort to bring rational order to the world and protect the people of Gotham from criminal harm. This fight for justice is fueled by a deeply private trauma: the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents: a private desire for vengeance that Batman transcends. In navigating Batman's jurisprudential dimensions, we are ultimately reminded that private desires and motivations are enfolded within the public structures of justice.

AB - Batman is allied with modern natural law in the way he relies upon reason to bring about his vision of 'true justice', operating as a force external to law. This vision of justice is a protective one, with Batman existing as a guardian—a force for resistance against the corruption of the state and the failures of the legal system. But alongside his rational means, Batman also employs violence as he moves beyond the boundaries of the civilised state into the dark and violent world outside law's protection. He thus sacrifices his own safety to ensure the safety of others—he is a Dark Knight, a sentinel, fighting the nasty and brutish underworld of criminality in his effort to bring rational order to the world and protect the people of Gotham from criminal harm. This fight for justice is fueled by a deeply private trauma: the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents: a private desire for vengeance that Batman transcends. In navigating Batman's jurisprudential dimensions, we are ultimately reminded that private desires and motivations are enfolded within the public structures of justice.

KW - Batman

KW - Natural law

KW - Violence

KW - Justice/vengeance

KW - Public/private

KW - Resistance

UR - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11196-014-9392-7

U2 - 10.1007/s11196-014-9392-7

DO - 10.1007/s11196-014-9392-7

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 765

EP - 785

JO - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

JF - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

SN - 0952-8059

IS - 4

ER -