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The Humanities Conference 2003

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The Humanities as an Instrumentality for the Achievement of Justice

Robert Lewis.


As former Managing Partner of my law firm, I felt that I must inculcate my associates with the idea that being a "successful" lawyer first requires acknowledging the real raison d' etre for our profession, that is, being an instrumentality for the achievement of Justice. However, since there is a continuous search for, and wide disagreement on, what Justice is and how it should be applied, I escorted them back to the Humanities. I had them read, discuss and, in extended lunch hours, act out some of the great Greek tragedies that — because of their greatness — still have much to teach us about the roots of Justice and particularly how man-made law may not be Justice after all. They began to think of Justice as a concept to be applied on a daily, personal basis — they became not only better lawyers, but Humanists. This workshop explores the dynamic vitality of the humanities in everyday situations.

Presenters

Robert Lewis  (United States)
Scholar in Residence

Cuyahoga Community College

I have enjoyed 83 years of life and three professorships--in Law, in Classical Studies and in The Governance of Non-profit Organizations. I have also enjoyed 46 years of practice as a corporate lawyer, and experienced 5 years of combat service in the military (WW II). Since my first professorial experience (1948) I have been practicing, and expounding on the idea that no matter what one's vocational direction, he/she must have a heavy exposure to the Humanities.

Keywords
  • Humanities
  • Justice
  • Law



(30 min Paper, English)