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Using the Western tradition of metaphysical and political thought as a backdrop, Critique of Sovereignty (a work in 4 volumes) re-examines the concept of sovereignty in order to better understand why our ethical values and technical capacities often seem so divorced from our lived realities. On the one hand, ostensibly self-enclosed entities like the nation-state and the person are rhetorically bolstered as sites of technical agency and/or moral responsibility. On the other hand, these same entities appear fragile — if not purely fictional — in relation to ever ongoing tidal processes such as the migration, diffusion, and conglomeration of bodies, capital, ideas, etc. While some of our institutions might work some of the time, they always seem to work differently than we like to think they do. Accordingly, the forging of more humane institutions might very well entail if not require ways of thinking that strive to undo the self-imagined binds, exceptions, and sureties of thought for the sake of embracing a continuity with all that withers, decays, and falls away. Book I, “Contemporary Theories of Sovereignty,” compares the varied interpretations of sovereignty given by a range of 20th-century political theorists (Maritain, Foucault, Derrida, Schmitt, Agamben, Hardt, and Negri) with Jean Bodin’s initial outline of the concept, rendered at the outset of modern political thought in the 16th century. The analytic framework of sovereignty encountered in these comparative readings provides an initial point of departure for unfolding a method of critique appropriate to the concept of sovereignty. Sovereignty is an ideal starting point for a critique of the deadlocks between thought and reality for a simple reason: it doesn’t actually exist. When it serves as a guide to action, sovereignty may be regarded as a particularly captivating fantasy. The closer it appears, the further it recedes, and, too often, the more vigorously it is pursued.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Support the Publisher, Epigraph
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: Critique of Sovereignty
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Overview of Book I: Contemporary Theories of Sovereignty
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. 0: A Preliminary Demarcation of the Concept of Sovereignty
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. I.1: Jacques Maritain: There is no Sovereignty
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. I.2: Foucault and Derrida on the Circular Logic of Sovereignty
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. I.3: Carl Schmitt: There is no Outside Sovereignty
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. I.4: Giorgio Agamben: Homo Sacer as Sovereignty's Negative
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. I.5: Hardt & Negri: Sovereignty without Territory
  2. pp. 67-88
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  1. References
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. Publication Data
  2. p. 94
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692282403
MARC Record
OCLC
1100490774
Pages
112
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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