Custom, Command, Law

Lecture Series on the Formation of Norms in the Past and in the Present

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The lecture series of the summer semester 2010 deals with norms in the past and in the present (Italian manuscript, c. 1270-1280).

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The summer semester 2010 lecture series of the cluster of excellence “Religion and Politics” focuses on the formation of norms in the past and in the present. In their lectures, the thirteen academics draw a chronological line from the Ten Commandments to modern constitutional law.

In the first half of the semester, the lectures deal with the specific ideas of normativity of past eras from a historical angle, while the lectures in the second half systematically approach current issues. They all enquire about the roots, the justification and the original cause of norms. Their binding effect and enforceability and the diversity of varying norms in pluralism will also be examined. The state as legislator will of course not take centre stage at the lecture series. Outside official law-making, regulations, expectations and commands have always been copious, too.

The public lecture series presents the cluster of excellence’s thematic pillar of “Normativity” and is aimed at all who are interested, particularly also students of all disciplines. It is organised by Prof. Dr. Nils Jansen and Prof. Dr. Peter Oestmann of the Department of Legal History, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU). The lectures will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (6:15 p.m. sharp) at lecture theatre F2. (vvm)


I. Formation
13.04.2010 Ulrich Berges, Bonn Divine Command and Divine Force
20.04.2010 Gerd Althoff, Münster Legal Custom and Political Rules of the Game
27.04.2010 Sita Steckel, Münster Heresy. Ecclesiastical Justification of Norms in the Middle Ages
04.05.2010 Wolfgang Kaiser, Freiburg Laws in the Pre-Modern Age
11.05.2010 Peter Oestmann, Münster Legal Diversity
18.05.2010 Nils Jansen, Münster Dogmatics and Dogmatisation
01.06.2010 Thomas Bauer, Münster Normative Tolerance of Ambiguity in Islam
08.06.2010 Joachim Rückert, Frankfurt am Main Strictness of Norms and Consideration within the Change of Functions
II. Importance
15.06.2010 Thomas Gutmann, Münster Secularisation and Justification of Norms
22.06.2010 Ludwig Siep, Münster Philosophical Justification of Norms
29.06.2010 Christian Walter, Münster The State and Religions
06.07.2010 Matthias Casper, Münster Recognition and Evasion of Norms. From Prohibition of Interest to Islamic Finance
13.07.2010 Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Münster Theological Normativity and Religious Pluralism

Summer semester 2010
Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
Lecture theatre F2 at Fürstenberghaus
Domplatz 20-22
48143 Münster