Sovereign Counter-Sovereignty

Nick Mansfield

in The God Who Deconstructs Himself

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232413
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235735 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Sovereign Counter-Sovereignty

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This chapter examines the logic of counter-sovereignty within sovereignty in terms of Jacques Derrida's discussion of the relationship between gift and economy. It argues that sovereignty is best understood economically in terms of Georges Bataille's concept of restricted and general economies. The relationship between restricted and general economies is most clearly illustrated by the relationship of the sovereign figure to the individual and the mode of subjective being it induces and limits as part of its own unfolding.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; sovereignty; gift; economy; Georges Bataille

Chapter.  17798 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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