Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. v

Illustrations

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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p. ix

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Introduction: Terrible Ethics

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pp. 1-33

There is an old kinship between terror, judgment, and the city. That relation and the promises it may hold for the almost equally old concept republicanism, are the subject of this book. This is how the story starts...

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1. The Ethic of Terror

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pp. 34-62

Here’s a joke with a trick to it. Francisco Franco spoke with a magisterial ‘‘we’’ that some found pleasantly archaic, others rather sinister. Taken with the syncopating hand movements that punctuated his...

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2. Phares; or, Divisible Sovereignty

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pp. 63-87

Grant me, for now, the distinction between the terrorist and the foundational terror that radical democratic republicanism guards—the condition of its ethical form, the weak concept or the weak norm at its breast. Converting ungovernable semantic...

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3. The Logic of Sovereignty

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pp. 88-109

A group of men enter a famous, forbidden cave located in the cellar of a tower—or is it a church? a house?—in a city on a hill. The date— sometime in the year 1546. The new ruler has sent the adventurers to look for something—treasure, perhaps...

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4. Materia in the Critique of Autonomy

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pp. 110-149

To distinguish between the terror of sovereign power and weak or defective concepts that shelter the terror of association and provide grounds for a critique of terrorism. To imagine and provide, as it were, the concept of these weak or defective...

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5. A Sadean Community

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pp. 150-172

Now consider the ‘‘moment of the boomerang.’’ The context: what Hardt and Negri’s Empire calls, borrowing from Sartre’s Preface to Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, the ‘‘reciprocal destruction of the European Self— precisely because European society and its values...

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6. Three Women, Three Bombs

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pp. 173-201

In an interview published in 1972, the director Gillo Pontecorvo was asked by Joan Mellen, a film historian, to reflect on The Battle of Algiers.1 ‘‘It is clear,’’ she asked, leadingly, ‘‘that you have made a film on the side of Algerian independence...

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Conclusion: Distracted Republic

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pp. 202-222

The thrill, the joy are palpable: women and men squeezed onto the balconies and leaning out the windows of the Casino Republicano; a packed crowd lifting or tossing their hats; two figures—youngish, in coat and necktie—raise the tricolored flag...

Notes

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pp. 223-283

Bibliography

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pp. 285-308

Index

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pp. 309-320