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Acquired Innocence. The Law, the Charge, and K.’s Trial: Franz Kafka and Franz Brentano <This essay is a slightly revised English version of “Das Gesetz, die Anklage und K..s Prozess: Franz Kafka und Franz Brentano” in Jahrbuch der deutschen Schillergesellschaft 24 (1980) 333-356. The approximate pagination for the German publication is given in angle brackets within the text> CONTENTS 1. The charge against Joseph K. Ignorance of the natural sanction of law and custom a. Brentano’s conception of natural law b. Natural law and human need in the Protagoras 2. Correct choice: Brentano’s ethical theory a. The empirical origin of the concepts “good” and “better”: analogous derivation of “true” 18 b. Evident and blind judgments; evident and blind emotions c. Virtue is unteachable: the point of K.’s Trial d. Guilt and definite acquittal are logically compatible 3. K.’s case on appeal: innocence can be acquired 4. K.’s delusion over guilt: the legend “Before the Law” 27
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