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<i>Phares</i>; or, Divisible Sovereignty

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232352.003.0003
Phares; or, Divisible Sovereignty

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This chapter distinguishes between the Christological, heroic, and sacrificial division of substance that Jean-Luc Nancy associates with community—which tends to reinstate the sovereignty of an indivisible act of decision governing the sharing, partage, of power—and a pharisaical division of matter, which does not. The former rests upon the determining, Bodinian claim that sovereignty is necessarily (logically as well as practically) indivisible. The latter, by contrast, rests upon what Jacques Derrida calls, in his last works, not a logic but an “aporetic of divisible sovereignty”. The border between modern interpretations and concepts, modern events and archaic or future ones, is as labile and indecisive as the porous frontiers of Spain's imaginary postwar state, or the body of its Caudillo. The concept of sovereignty that partially governs, partially results from these asynchronous movements has a history and a particular logic of expression, a grammar and indeed a literature of its own.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Nancy; community; sovereignty; power; Jacques Derrida

Chapter.  10327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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