DIVINE VIOLENCE WALTER BENJAMIN AND THE ESCHATOLOGY OF SOVEREIGNTY

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Divine Violence

Author : James R. Martel
ISBN : 9781136632556
Genre : Law
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Divine Violence looks at the question of political theology and its connection to sovereignty. It argues that the practice of sovereignty reflects a Christian eschatology, one that proves very hard to overcome even by left thinkers, such as Arendt and Derrida, who are very critical of it. These authors fall into a trap described by Carl Schmitt whereby one is given a (false) choice between anarchy and sovereignty, both of which are bound within—and return us to—the same eschatological envelope. In Divine Violence, the author argues that Benjamin supplies the correct political theology to help these thinkers. He shows how to avoid trying to get rid of sovereignty (the "anarchist move" that Schmitt tells us forces us to "decide against the decision") and instead to seek to de-center and dislocate sovereignty so that it’s mythological function is disturbed. He does this with the aid of divine violence, a messianic force that comes into the world to undo its own mythology, leaving nothing in its wake. Such a move clears the myths of sovereignty away, turning us to our own responsibility in the process. In that way, the author argues,Benjamin succeeds in producing an anarchism that is not bound by Schmitt’s trap but which is sustained even while we remain dazzled by the myths of sovereignty that structure our world. Divine Violence will be of interest to students of political theory, to those with an interest in political theology, philosophy and deconstruction, and to those who are interested in thinking about some of the dilemmas that the ‘left’ finds itself in today.
Category: Law

Weird John Brown

Author : Ted A. Smith
ISBN : 9780804793452
Genre : Religion
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Conventional wisdom holds that attempts to combine religion and politics will produce unlimited violence. Concepts such as jihad, crusade, and sacrifice need to be rooted out, the story goes, for the sake of more bounded and secular understandings of violence. Ted Smith upends this dominant view, drawing on Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and others to trace the ways that seemingly secular politics produce their own forms of violence without limit. He brings this argument to life—and digs deep into the American political imagination—through a string of surprising reflections on John Brown, the nineteenth-century abolitionist who took up arms against the state in the name of a higher law. Smith argues that the key to limiting violence is not its separation from religion, but its connection to richer and more critical modes of religious reflection. Weird John Brown develops a negative political theology that challenges both the ways we remember American history and the ways we think about the nature, meaning, and exercise of violence.
Category: Religion

The One And Only Law

Author : James Martel
ISBN : 9780472052301
Genre : Law
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A radical critique of contemporary legal practices and understandings based on a new consideration of Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence”
Category: Law

Indigeneity Before And Beyond The Law

Author : Kathleen Birrell
ISBN : 9781317644811
Genre : Law
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Examining contested notions of indigeneity, and the positioning of the Indigenous subject before and beyond the law, this book focuses upon the animation of indigeneities within textual imaginaries, both literary and juridical. Engaging the philosophy of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin, as well as other continental philosophy and critical legal theory, the book uniquely addresses the troubled juxtaposition of law and justice in the context of Indigenous legal claims and literary expressions, discourses of rights and recognition, postcolonialism and resistance in settler nation states, and the mutually constitutive relation between law and literature. Ultimately, the book suggests no less than a literary revolution, and the reassertion of Indigenous Law. To date, the oppressive specificity with which Indigenous peoples have been defined in international and domestic law has not been subject to the scrutiny undertaken in this book. As an interdisciplinary engagement with a variety of scholarly approaches, this book will appeal to a broad variety of legal and humanist scholars concerned with the intersections between Indigenous peoples and law, including those engaged in critical legal studies and legal philosophy, sociolegal studies, human rights and native title law.
Category: Law

Qui Parle

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ISBN : WISC:89119257509
Genre : French literature
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Category: French literature

Unburied Bodies

Author : James R. Martel
ISBN : 1943208107
Genre : Philosophy
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Category: Philosophy

Subverting The Leviathan

Author : James R. Martel
ISBN : UOM:39015066902506
Genre : Philosophy
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In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes's landmark work on political philosophy, James R. Martel argues that although Hobbes pays lip service to the superior interpretive authority of the sovereign, he consistently subverts this authority throughout the book by returning it to the reader.
Category: Philosophy

State Security And Subject Formation

Author : Anna Yeatman
ISBN : STANFORD:36105133016720
Genre : Philosophy
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This book offers a unique collection of texts framed as a set of conversations on the topics of state, security and subject formation. These conversations are motivated by a question that defines agendas for both politics and political though: how to secure the conditions for a civil and peaceful life together? The contributions to this book explore, at time sceptically, the approach of civil philosophy to that question. This approach suggests an education in civility as well as a public sphere that promotes everyday practices of civility. It also posits the right of the subject to enjoy full and inclusive access to the conditions peaceful co-existence. A secular state that functions as a public authority and uses its sovereignty to establish the rule of law is the primary condition for subjective right.
Category: Philosophy

Radical Philosophy

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ISBN : UOM:39015019163131
Genre : Philosophy
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Category: Philosophy