Sovereign Counter-Sovereignty, Justice, and the Event

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, Justice, and the Event

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This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's essay Rogues by way of a discussion of messianism and the event in his book Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning & the New International. The irreducible doubleness in the living present between conjunction and disjunction provides insights into Derrida's understanding of the notion of justice. He believes that there are two styles of justice, one is enacted and realized justice and other is justice associated with the gift.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Rogues; messianism; justice; gift

Chapter.  12714 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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