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Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis

edited by George Edmondson and Klaus Mladek

Duke University Press, 2017


Cloth: 978-0-8223-6302-6

eISBN: 978-0-8223-7339-1

OA eISBN: 978-1-4780-9106-6

Paper: 978-0-8223-6317-0

About the Book
Featuring essays by some of the most prominent names in contemporary political and cultural theory, Sovereignty in Ruins presents a form of critique grounded in the conviction that political thought is itself an agent of crisis. Aiming to develop a political vocabulary capable of critiquing and transforming contemporary political frameworks, the contributors advance a politics of crisis that collapses the false dichotomies between sovereignty and governmentality and between critique and crisis. Their essays address a wide range of topics, such as the role history plays in the development of a politics of crisis; Arendt's controversial judgment of Adolf Eichmann; Strauss's and Badiou's readings of Plato's Laws; the acceptance of the unacceptable; the human and nonhuman; and flesh as a biopolitical category representative of the ongoing crisis of modernity. Altering the terms through which political action may take place, the contributors think through new notions of the political that advance countermodels of biopolitics, radical democracy, and humanity.

Contributors. Judith Butler, George Edmondson, Roberto Esposito, Carlo Galli, Klaus Mladek, Alberto Moreiras, Andrew Norris, Eric L. Santner, Adam Sitze, Carsten Strathausen, Rei Terada, Cary Wolfe
About the Author
George Edmondson is Associate Professor of English at Dartmouth College and the author of The Neighboring Text: Chaucer, Boccaccio, Henryson.

Klaus Mladek is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Dartmouth College and the editor of Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution.

-- Timothy Campbell, coeditor of Biopolitics: A Reader

-- Thomas Dumm, author of My Father's House: On Will Barnet's Painting

Biopolitics, Ruins, Crisis management in government, Political, Politics, Philosophy
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License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0