“…when Titorelli says that the judges are invisible, this is not because the judges are hidden and their judgments assume a universally true content, but because they are everywhere and their judgments are arbitrary. Everyone is a judge, everyone condemns Josef K. from the very first moment of his arrest without charge. In the absence of any justification or legitimacy based on a sense of legality, their judgments are capricious, contingent upon their mood. And yet, their judgments are simultaneously all the more uniform and universal: they all pronounce Josef K. guilty. The effect of this universalization of contingency is that the law is dispersed and all-encompassing—it is omnipresent and omnipotent.” – Dimitris Vardoulakis, “Kafka’s Empty Law: Laughter and Freedom in The Trial” in Brendan Moran and Carlo Salzani (eds), Philosophy and Kafka, Lexington Books, 2013, pp. 33-52 (via impossiblekafka) http://ift.tt/1OCXDwY


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