Law Text Culture


The love of the law is flighty. Indeed, it represents itself as ‘without desire’. It is a love imagined emanating from a sovereign that does, and has, and may again, exercise its whimsical decision and render the subject, as Giorgio Agamben (1998) has described abandoned and as Jacques Lacan has offered: castrated. Consequently this love is experienced, on some level, as precarious. It is a love that can be withdrawn, or directed to an-other, at any time. What evokes the law’s desire is neither obvious nor apparent. It is hidden from the ordinary subject.