Sovereignty and Its Other
Toward the Dejustification of Violence
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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... Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Preamble, or Power and Its Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Judgment and Justifi cation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Historicization of the Trinity of Justifi cation, 23 ■ Demo cratic On Ancient Sovereignty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41...
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Th is book was a product of a series of accidents. In 2009 I found myself teaching philosophy at the University of Western Sydney in a major called “History, Politics and Philosophy.” To acknowledge the historical aspect of this major I wanted to design a new course that would look at the develop-ment of an idea. But it was not going to be simply a history of ideas. For it ...
PREAMBLE, OR POWERAND I TS RELATIONS
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Th e present examination of sovereignty rests on the axiom that the opera-tion of sovereign power consists in the justifi cation of violence. Justifi ca-tion is determined— for reasons that will become clear later— in terms of a means- and- ends relation.1 Th us the question that structures the present study entails that both a descriptive and a normative extrapolation of sov-...
1JUDGMENT AND JUSTIFICATION
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Th e distinction between judgment and justifi cation points to the aporetic link between law and justice at the heart of the concept of sovereignty. Th e reason that a delineation of the relation between law and justice is needed for a conceptualization of sovereignty is that there is no sovereignty with-out the establishment and exercise of a legal framework. But law for its part ...
2THE VICISSITUDE OF PARTICIPATION
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We saw in the first chapter that the democratic constitution prepared by Solon has a special provision, according to which “whoever when the city was in conflict did not join forces with either party was to be disfranchised and not to be a participant in the polis.” I suggested then that this is not merely a law that forces citizens to participate in the public affairs, but...
3THE PROPINQUITY OF NATURE
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Th e importance of Machiavelli’s po liti cal theory, observes Michel Foucault, consists in raising the question, “How and under what conditions can a sovereign maintain his power?”1 In the context of the early sixteenth cen-tury this question signifi es a radical reworking of sovereignty. In ancient sovereignty the end justifi es the means. Th is is reversed in modern sover-...
4REVOLUTION AND THE POWEROF LIVING
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Th e previous chapter opened with Foucault’s observation that the question animating sovereignty in Machiavelli is, “How and under what conditions can a sovereign maintain his power?” In the evolution from absolute to pop u lar, the question of modern sovereignty remains largely the same. It is still a problem about how the means of power justify its ends. Power is still ...
5DEMOCRACY AND I TS OTHER
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Th e transition to biopolitics is characterized by the starting point of justi-fi cation shift ing to the side of the exception. Sovereignty, as described thus far, exhibits a consistent logic that justifi es violence and that relies on the relation between means and ends. At the same time, distinctions between diff erent forms of sovereignty are drawn, depending on whether ...
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A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.Peter Brook’s assertion that theatre takes place when at least two people encounter one another in an empty space does not describe what is or must be present for theatre to exist. Th e fi lling of the empty with two bod-...
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...1. Th e crucial reason of approaching the question of sovereignty through justi-fi cation and the means- and- ends relation is that it essentially bypasses the pre-supposition of almost the entirety of the recent literature on sovereignty— namely, that the defi ning characteristic of sovereignty is exceptionality. Th is is not to say, of course, that exceptionality is not a characteristic of sovereignty, but rather that ...
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Aeschylus. Agamemnon; Libation- Bearers; Eumenides. Translated and edited by Alan H. Sommerstein. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008.Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Translated by Daniel Heller- Roazen. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.———. Remnants of Auschwitz: Th e Witness and the Archive. Translated by Daniel ...
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Roberto Esposito, Terms of the Po liti cal: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics. Translated by Rhiannon Noel Welch. Introduction by Vanessa Lemm.Maurizio Ferraris, Documentality: Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces. Dimitris Vardoulakis, Sovereignty and Its Other: Toward the Dejustifi cation ...
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Commonalities (FUP)