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dc.contributor.authorFreire, Lucas G.
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-05T07:20:38Z
dc.date.available2018-04-05T07:20:38Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationFreire, L. G. (2017). Political thought, international relations and a Tale of Two Modernities. Acta Academica, 49(2), 34-50.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18820/24150479/aa49i2.2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/8105
dc.description.abstractIn their book Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri develop a narrative about the transition from the mediaeval to the modern, secular, world, showing that there were two projects of modernity at first, but that one prevailed over the other. The prevailing modern worldview did not do away with a transcendental form of control. Instead, it offered a post-mediaeval view of transcendence, which was then imported into politics, leading to the state as a transcendental apparatus of control. This article applies their thesis to the analysis of the development of political thought on international relations. It is argued that modern international thought was constrained and enabled by the project of modernity which prevailed. It is far from clear whether contemporary international thought can rid itself of the notion of the Westphalian state as the transcendental apparatus of control, yet it is reluctant to accept the notion of a world state as the ultimate, natural, implication of the transcendental grounds for the modern state.en_ZA
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dc.publisherUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectHardt and Negrien_ZA
dc.subjectModernityen_ZA
dc.subjectInternational political theoryen_ZA
dc.subjectSovereigntyen_ZA
dc.subjectContemporary political thoughten_ZA
dc.titlePolitical thought, international relations and a Tale of Two Modernitiesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA


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