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A novel critique of sovereignty and an original philosophical theory of democratic practice
Preface Preamble, or Power and Its Relations 1. Judgment and Justification Justification or Judgment? Sovereign Discomfort: The Immediacy of Justification Dejustification, or the Historicization of the Trinity of Justification Democratic Judgment, or the Exigency of Participation An Other Narrative: On Method 2. The Vicissitude of Participation: On Ancient Sovereignty War and the State: On the Foundation and Perpetuation of the Polis in Thucydides Self-sufficiency: Pericles's "Funeral Oration" "Invincible Eros" in Sophocles's Antigone: For the Love of Democracy Universal Agape in Christian Sovereignty: Augustine's City of God 3.The Propinquity of Nature: Absolute Sovereignty The Subject of Psychology and the Law: Machiavelli and Bodin Fear Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Hobbes's Artificialities There Must Be Madmen... The Absoluteness of the Sovereign in the Leviathan Melancholia as Dejustification: Hamlet's Anti-absolutism 4. Revolution and the Power of Living: Popular Sovereignty "The Sovereign Is Always What It Should Be": Rousseau's Perpetual Revolution The Other of Obedience: Spinoza's Dejustification of Sovereignty The Regime of Broken Promises: The Possibility of Democracy The Paroxysm of the Aleatory: Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas 5. Democracy and Its Other: Biopolitical Sovereignty Normalizing the Exception The Unsavables: Marx's Wager Acts of Democracy: The Primacy of the Effect in Foucault's Theory of Power The Unexceptional: Coetzee's Michael K. and Resistance Epilogue: A Relational Ontology of the Political Notes Bibliography Index
Dimitris Vardoulakis is Associate Professor and deputy chair of philosophy at Western Sydney University.
"This book moves easily across various disciplines - philosophy, political science, theology, and literature - while illustrating certain key points with cases drawn from recent events." Jonathan Strauss, Miami University