Rogues: Two Essays on Reason

Rogues: Two Essays on Reason

by Jacques Derrida
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804749515

ISBN-13: 9780804749510

Pub. Date: 12/22/2004

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Rogues, published in France under the title Voyous, comprises two major lectures that Derrida delivered in 2002 investigating the foundations of the sovereignty of the nation-state. The term "État voyou" is the French equivalent of "rogue state," and it is this outlaw designation of certain countries by the leading global powers that

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Rogues, published in France under the title Voyous, comprises two major lectures that Derrida delivered in 2002 investigating the foundations of the sovereignty of the nation-state. The term "État voyou" is the French equivalent of "rogue state," and it is this outlaw designation of certain countries by the leading global powers that Derrida rigorously and exhaustively examines.

Derrida examines the history of the concept of sovereignty, engaging with the work of Bodin, Hobbes, Rousseau, Schmitt, and others. Against this background, he delineates his understanding of "democracy to come," which he distinguishes clearly from any kind of regulating ideal or teleological horizon. The idea that democracy will always remain in the future is not a temporal notion. Rather, the phrase would name the coming of the unforeseeable other, the structure of an event beyond calculation and program. Derrida thus aligns this understanding of democracy with the logic he has worked out elsewhere. But it is not just political philosophy that is brought under deconstructive scrutiny here: Derrida provides unflinching and hard-hitting assessments of current political realities, and these essays are highly engaged with events of the post-9/11 world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804749510
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/22/2004
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
781,473
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : Veni
Pt. IThe reason of the strongest (are there rogue states?)
1The free wheel6
2License and freedom : the roue19
3The other of democracy, the "by turns" : alternative and alternation28
4Mastery and measure42
5Liberty, equality, fraternity, or, how not to speak in mottos56
6The rogue that I am63
7God, what more do I have to say? : in what language to come?71
8The last of the rogue states : the "democracy to come," opening in two turns78
9(No) more rogue states95
10Sending108
Pt. IIThe "world" of the enlightenment to come (exception, calculation, and sovereignty)
1Teleology and architectonic : the neutralization of the event118
2To arrive - at the ends of the state (and of war, and of world war)141

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