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Derrida's <i>Laïcité</i>

Michael Naas

in Derrida From Now On

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229581
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229581.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Derrida's               Laïcité

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This chapter demonstrates how Derrida relates his questions on sovereignty to its theologico-political origins, and how much of his work searched out theological origins of many political concepts and practices. With his works, Derrida attempts to clarify the theological origins of political concepts, beginning with the concept of sovereignty, and relates it to decisive exception of a sovereign subject, and in turn, to sovereign God.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; sovereignty; theological origins; political origins

Chapter.  8227 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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