Political Theology for Democracy: Carl Schmitt and John Dewey on Aesthetics and Politics

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2012 (161):120-140 (2012)
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The Metaphysics of the Decision Recent attempts to merge democratic theory with political theology have had to face a fundamental difficulty in the approach to sovereignty. While Carl Schmitt bases sovereignty in the decision on the exception, this idea runs counter to the democratic idea that sovereignty resides with the people and therefore cannot be exercised by a single authoritative leader. This problem leads Jeffrey Robbins, for instance, to attempt to imagine political theology without sovereignty. For him, such an elimination of sovereignty is necessary for democracy because the idea of a single sovereign contradicts the democratic…

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Dewey's art as experience : The psychological background.Richard Shusterman - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 44 (1):pp. 26-43.

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