Paper's abstract

Sergio Cotta, Law and Religion between "clos" and "ouvert"
The relationship between law and religion is analysed at three levels of analogy, using the Bergsonian criterion of "clos/ouvert". At the first level (factual), the "clos" establishes an analogy between national legal systems and sociological religious communities. At the second level (philosophical), both law as norm theoretically universal, and religion as dependent from a transcendent Principle of universal validity, belong to the "ouvert". The third level considers only the case of Christian religion in which the legal standard of justice is exceeded in love.

Key Words : religion, Bergson, clos, ouvert, love
t. 38, 1993 : p. 147-154