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The Politics of Responsible Sovereigns
Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, 5-21 HM Tory Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H4, Canada
Received: 23 September 2012; in revised form: 17 November 2012 / Accepted: 20 November 2012 / Published: 23 November 2012
Abstract: How might one read a collection of transcriptions—such as The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1—that exemplifies how to read other texts deconstructively? In the spirit of Derrida’s text, a response to this question remains radically undecided; however, it certainly does not imply the absence of exegesis through the course of a particular reading. On the contrary, the event of a reading fixes itself out of specific interpretative horizons and traces of past understandings. In what follows, my exegesis is contoured by past readings that have engaged diverse phenomenological and existential perspectives declining commonsense invitations to relay fixed, singular meanings that align with the purportedly real meanings and/or intentions of the author. Following a partial suspension of that familiar angle, I propose an epoche of sorts. Provoked by Derrida’s text, I shall reorder words into new assemblies that appear on the following pages, and that surface from my situated readings of Derrida’s deconstructive renderings of other writings.
Keywords: sovereignty; law; responsibility; the animal; the criminal; figurativeness; openness
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Pavlich, G. The Politics of Responsible Sovereigns. Societies 2012, 2, 332-344.
Pavlich G. The Politics of Responsible Sovereigns. Societies. 2012; 2(4):332-344.
Pavlich, George. 2012. "The Politics of Responsible Sovereigns." Societies 2, no. 4: 332-344.