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Sovereignty and Its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence

Dimitris Vardoulakis


Dimitris Vardoulakis asks how it is possible to think of a politics that is not commensurate with sovereignty. For such a politics, he argues, sovereignty is defined not in terms of the exception but as the different ways in which violence is justified. Vardoulakis shows how it is possible to deconstruct the various justifications of violence. Such dejustifications can take place only by presupposing an other to sovereignty, which Vardoulakis identifies with agonistic democracy. In doing so, Sovereignty and Its Other puts forward both a novel critique of sovereignty and an original philosophic ... More

Keywords: The exception, Political Theology, Agonistic Democracy, Violence, Resistance, Sovereignty, Judgement, Justification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251353
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dimitris Vardoulakis, author
University of Western Sydney