“The dispersal of an empty law makes judgment legitimate and

yet also completely arbitrary and thus an instrument of the exercise of unlimited authority. Law’s emptiness—the absence of a content to the law—can become the ultimate trick that authority plays, namely, dissimulating a denial of content only so that everyone is forced to supply arbitrarily content every instant anew, and yet always with the same result—ascription of guilt. The emptiness of the law is universal, but in biopolitics this is understood as the license for everyone to pass an arbitrary judgment—that is, a judgment without concern for truth. In this sense, the prison without walls represented in The Trial can be viewed as the perfect depiction of the repressive emptiness of the law. This pure authority of the empty law is only possible because the law is dissociated from truth.” – 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
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