Title Page, Copyright Page

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p. ix

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Would it now be possible to elaborate a thinking of the sovereign that was not at the same time a theory of the subject? Perhaps not. Certainly recent landmark discussions see sovereignty as inevitably entailing specific and contingent modes of subjectivity...

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1. Economies of Subjectivity: Bataille After Freud

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pp. 9-40

Bataille links subjectivity and sovereignty by way of a thinking of an economics of energy. Energy emerges as a universal term for matter, one that allows the quantification of all ontologies and events and thus of their ever open and ever motile interrelationship...

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2. Energy, Propriation, Mastery: Derrida on Freud

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pp. 41-67

Marked out, as we have seen in chapter 1, by its ability to stare down death, sovereignty is the imagined figure that mediates the limitless general economy while also putting forth subjectivity, the imagined instantiation of its essential logic...

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3. Sovereign Counter-Sovereignty: The Opening of the Gift

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pp. 68-105

We have seen how, in the economy of subjectivity, the sovereign is both the meaning and aspiration of the individual subject, on the one hand, and the cause of its frustration and failure, on the other. Sovereignty is both the exception that defies all conditions...

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4. Sovereign Counter-Sovereignty, Justice, and the Event

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pp. 106-133

Derrida’s work consistently restores the irreducible and irrepressible disorganization of all systems to the putative interior of their logic. All formations require the immanent opening on their own demise as the condition by which their formation is ever possible...

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Conclusion

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pp. 134-138

Our aim has been to explain Derrida’s idea of a sovereignty turned against itself, and the relation of that idea to subjectivity, by seeing it through the prism of its antecedents in Freud’s discussion of prior mastery and in Bataille’s own discussion of the sovereign...

Bibliography

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pp. 139-143

Index

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pp. 145-147

Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

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pp. 149-152