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Political MagicBritish Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750$
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Christopher F. Loar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256914

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256914.001.0001

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Coda: Enemies

Coda: Enemies

(p.217) Coda: Enemies
Political Magic

Christopher F. Loar

Fordham University Press

This brief chapter outlines some of implications of this period’s thinking about emergency powers, friendship and enmity, treason, and savagery. Examining the politics of friendship and enmity using the writings of Barry Unsworth, John Locke, Carl Schmitt, and Giorgio Agamben, it argues that political community is typically imagined in relation to enemies beyond the community’s borders, but that it might instead be understood in relation to other configurations of security.

Keywords:   Agamben, Giorgio, Emergency, Locke, John, Political community, Savagery, Schmitt, Carl, Treason, Unsworth, Barry

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