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Creativity and Limitation in Political Communities : Spinoza, Schmitt and Ordering.

Author: Ignas Kalpokas
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Rethinking Political and International Theory
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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There is an inherent tension between popular and establishment powers in political communities. With anti-establishment sentiment on the rise across Western democracies, exploring the underpinnings of this dualism and rethinking theories of political life within states is of paramount importance. By combining the theories of Carl Schmitt and Benedict Spinoza, this book develops a framework of continuous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ignas Kalpokas
ISBN: 9781315180274 1315180278
OCLC Number: 1007858702
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Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""List of abbreviations""; ""Introduction""; ""Ordering and the conceptual apparatus""; ""Spinoza and Schmitt: not at all incompatible""; ""The structure of the book""; ""1 The four elements of ordering""; ""1.1 The framework: state and sovereignty""; ""1.1.1 The state""; ""1.1.2 Sovereignty""; ""1.2 The content: law and politics""; ""1.2.1 Law""; ""1.2.2 Politics""; ""1.3 Partial excursus on Lefort and the empty locus of power""; ""2 Spinoza: the immanent rationality of order"" ""2.1 Life between desire and reason""""2.1.1 Substance and the nature of God""; ""2.1.2 Human nature: the primacy of desire""; ""2.1.3 The illusion of free will""; ""2.1.4 The morality of the void""; ""2.1.5 Knowledge: from automata of desire to social beings""; ""2.2 The framework: state and sovereignty""; ""2.2.1 Agreement and social bonds""; ""2.2.2 The organic self-creation of the multitude""; ""2.2.3 State of reason and reason of state""; ""2.2.4 The nature of citizenship""; ""2.2.5 The location of sovereignty""; ""2.2.6 Power, law and winning hearts and minds"" ""2.3 The mechanism: law and politics""""2.3.1 Frameworks for order: religion and law""; ""2.3.2 Reason, justness and law""; ""2.3.3 Politics, power and enmity""; ""3 Schmitt: the theological existentialism of the borderline""; ""3.1 A community of the fallen""; ""3.1.1 The central void""; ""3.1.2 Depravity, groundlessness and order""; ""3.1.3 Decision and morality""; ""3.1.4 Unity and homogeneity""; ""3.1.5 The political nature of the community""; ""3.2 The framework: state and sovereignty""; ""3.2.1 The conscious political community""; ""3.2.2 The importance of the state"" ""3.2.3 The concept of the political""""3.2.4 The distinct nature of the political""; ""3.2.5 The borderline concept of sovereignty""; ""3.2.6 Dynamic versus absolute: the tragic of the decision""; ""3.3 The theology: law and politics""; ""3.3.1 Constitution as partial suturing""; ""3.3.2 Law, norm and the decision""; ""3.3.3 Legitimacy and the immanent will""; ""3.3.4 The constitutive reinforced""; ""3.3.5 Dynamic, integration and constant turmoil""; ""4 A theory of ordering""; ""4.1 The framework: state and sovereignty""; ""4.1.1 The state""; ""4.1.2 Sovereignty"" ""4.2 The content: law and politics""""4.2.1 Law""; ""4.2.2 Politics""; ""4.3 A partial excursus on the tragic and the theological""; ""Conclusions""
Series Title: Rethinking Political and International Theory

Abstract:

There is an inherent tension between popular and establishment powers in political communities. With anti-establishment sentiment on the rise across Western democracies, exploring the underpinnings of this dualism and rethinking theories of political life within states is of paramount importance. By combining the theories of Carl Schmitt and Benedict Spinoza, this book develops a framework of continuous reproduction, whereby the two powers simultaneously hold one another in tension and supersede one another. In the same vein, political communities are shown to be perpetually caught in a cycle of creativity/contestation, derived primarily from Schmitt (the tragic groundlessness of politics) and limitation (derived primarily from Spinoza as a quasi-theological belief in the status quo).?Providing a novel theoretical framework explaining the workings of democratic politics, this book also offers a non-traditional reading of Spinoza and Schmitt. Whereas traditionally both have been treated as almost polar opposites, here they are held in creative tension, providing equally important building blocks for the proposed theory. By furthering their analysis, the author creates a new theory of political action.

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