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Sovereignty and Its OtherToward the Dejustification of Violence$
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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251353

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251353.001.0001

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Revolution and the Power of Living

Revolution and the Power of Living

Popular Sovereignty

(p.110) 4 Revolution and the Power of Living
Sovereignty and Its Other

Dimitris Vardoulakis

Fordham University Press

The fourth chapter shows how the earlier established definition of modern sovereignty – as the justification of the end of power through the means of violence – influences the development of the idea of popular sovereignty. Spinoza's theory of resistance is shown to be the first time that the idea of the sovereign justification of violence is criticized by suggesting a theory of democracy. Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas further indicates that a direct opposition to sovereignty power can only increase the power of justification, and hence that different strategies need to be employed for a radical politics.

Keywords:   Popular Sovereignty, Rousseau, Social Contract, Obedience, Spinoza, Revolution, Contingency, Heinrich von Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas

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