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The Tears of SovereigntyPerspectives of Power in Renaissance Drama$
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Philip Lorenz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251308

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251308.001.0001

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Breakdown: Analogy and Ontotheology in Richard II

Breakdown: Analogy and Ontotheology in Richard II

(p.33) Chapter 1 Breakdown: Analogy and Ontotheology in Richard II
The Tears of Sovereignty

Philip Lorenz

Fordham University Press

The chapter introduces the early modern problem of sovereignty as a crisis of representation. Focusing on the dual – philosophical and theatrical – deposition staged in Shakespeare's Richard II and the Jesuit theologian and philosopher Francisco Suárez's Metaphysical Disputations, the chapter demonstrates how the concept of sovereignty relies on its representational representaitonal structures and forms, including, above all, the notion of a sacred “body.” Together with Shakespeare's foundational play on the problem of political theology, Suárez's metaphysical writings not only provide the terminological groundwork for the concept of sovereignty in the early modern period, but they also continue to speak to us about some of its modern forms and fantasies.

Keywords:   Analogy, Francisco Suárez, Metaphysics, Ontotheology, Immanence, Transcendence, Jean-Luc Marion, Louis Marin

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