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Roberto Esposito

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242641.001.0001

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Toward a Philosophy of the Impersonal

Toward a Philosophy of the Impersonal

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(p.112) Toward a Philosophy of the Impersonal
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Terms of the Political
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Roberto Esposito
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242641.003.0011

Chapter 10 begins by illustrating how, as a response to globalization, political, philosophical, and juridical thought focuses upon the category of the person as the subject of modern, democratic human rights. This chapter argues that the more these discourses insist upon the ideology of the person, or exhibit a “personalist fundamentalism,” paradoxically, the more impossible human rights become. The gulf between man and rights that grows wider as twenty-first-century globalization progresses results not from an incomplete or unfulfilled ideology of the person, but instead from the persistence of it. The problem we face—the absolute impracticability of the rights of man as such—arises not because we haven't completely moved into the regime of the person but rather because we haven't yet left it behind.

Keywords:   Impersonal, Personhood, Democracy, Human rights, Person, Semiperson, Nonperson, Roman law and citizenship, Becoming animal, Man and animal

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