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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Sovereignty and its Discontents: On the Primacy of Conflict and the Structure of the Political

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ISBN13: 9781859419847
ISBN: 1859419844
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Birkbeck Law Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £39.99



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This book argues for the centrality of conflict in any notion of the political. In contrast to many of the attempts to re-think the political in the wake of the collapse of traditional leftist projects, it also argues for the logical and/or ontological primacy of violence over 'peace'. The notion of the political expounded here is explicitly 'realist' and anti-utopian - in large part because the author finds the consequences of attempting to think 'the good life' to be far more damaging than thinking 'the tolerable life'. The political is not thought of as a means to implement the good life; rather, the political exists because the good life does not. Indeed, if one sees 'globalization', with its emphasis on efficiency and economy, as a threat to the autonomy of the political, then one ought to be wary of political ideologies that reduce the political to species of moral or legal discourse. As laudable as the aims of human rights activists or political theorists like Rawls and Habermas may be, the consequences of their thought and actions further reduce the scope and possibility of political activity by, in effect, criminalizing political opposition. Once 'universal' norms are instantiated, political opposition becomes impossible. A fully legalised, moralised, and pacified universe is a thoroughly depoliticised one as well. Academics and advanced students researching and working in the areas of political theory, legal theory and international relations will find this book of great interest.

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Jurisprudence
Contents:
Part 1 - Politics as Conflict: Conflict as a Vocation: Schmitt, Lyotard, Luhmann; A Just War? Or Just a War? Schmitt vs Habermas; So You Say You Want a Revolution: Brecht vs Brecht.Part 2 - Sovereignty and Original Sin: Guilt as Religion: Benjamin; From Sovereign Ban to Banning Sovereignty: Agamben; Persistent Sovereignty: Hardt and Negri.
Part 3 - Even Unto the End of the World: 'For There is no Difference Between the Jew and the Greek': The Legacy of St Paul; Human Rights as Geopolitics: from Vitoria to Rawls.