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    Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty.James R. Martel - 2011 - Routledge.
    Introduction: divine violence and political fetishism -- The political theology of sovereignty -- In the maw of sovereignty -- Benjamin's dissipated eschatology -- Waiting for justice -- Forgiveness, judgment and sovereign decision -- The Hebrew republic -- Conclusion : the anarchist hypothesis.
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    Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat.James Martel - 2007 - Columbia University Press.
    In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes's landmark work on political philosophy, James Martel argues that although Hobbes pays lip service to the superior interpretive authority of the sovereign, he consistently subverts this authority throughout the ...
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    Introduction.Jodi Dean, James Martel & Davide Panagia - 2011 - Theory and Event 14 (4S).
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  4. Hobbes’ Anti-Liberal Individualism.James Martel - 2016 - Las Torres de Lucca: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 5 (9):31-59.
    In much of the literature on Hobbes, he is considered a proto-liberal, that is, he is seen as setting up the apparatus that leads to liberalism but his own authoritarian streak makes it impossible for liberals to completely claim him as one of their own. In this paper, I argue that, far from being a precursor to liberalism, Hobbes offers a political theory that is implicitly anti-liberal. I do not mean this in the conventional sense that Hobbes was too conservative (...)
     
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    Amo: Volo Ut Sis: Love, Willing and Arendt's Reluctant Embrace of Sovereignty.James Martel - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (3):287-313.
    Although critical of what she calls the `antipolitical' forces of love and sovereignty, Arendt reluctantly embraces these aspects as the basis of politics itself. I explain this paradox by arguing that Arendt seeks to balance Greek and Roman notions of freedom with modern conceptions of the will. The solipsistic will poses a threat to politics (it is the source of sovereignty itself). Yet the will is a fact of modern life and cannot be ignored. I argue that despite her embrace (...)
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    Taking Benjamin Seriously as a Political Thinker.James Martel - 2011 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (4):297-308.
    Benjamin has long been known for his literary and aesthetic theory but political theorists, as well as other scholars who are interested in questions of politics, tend to downplay (or simply not notice) his contributions to an actionable rhetorical-political discourse. In terms of a politics that speaks directly to the ongoing crisis of global capitalism, existing power arrangements, and the effective depoliticization of the vast majority of people living under such conditions (very much including advanced liberal capitalist democracies such as (...)
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    Introduction.Jodi Dean, James Martel & Davide Panagia - 2010 - Theory and Event 13 (1).
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    The Messiah Who Comes and Goes: Franz Kafka on Redemption, Conspiracy and Community.James Martel - 2009 - Theory and Event 12 (3).
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    Why Does the State Keep Coming Back? Neoliberalism, the State and the Archeon.James Martel - 2018 - Law and Critique 29 (3):359-375.
    In this essay I argue that the distinction between neoliberalism and the Westphalian order that is said to precede it are all facets of one and the same phenomenon: archism. Archism is a style of politics based on rule and division. Looking at the work of Derrida, Foucault and Benjamin, I examine the inner workings of archism and how it can be resisted. Above all, I consider the notion of the ‘archeon’; that privileged perch from which the state or law (...)
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    A Universe for Everyone: Review of Max Tomba's Insurgent Universality. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2021 - Theory and Event 24 (1):418-420.
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    Anarchist Prophets: Disappointing Vision and the Power of Collective Sight.James R. Martel - 2022 - Duke University Press.
    In _Anarchist Prophets_ James R. Martel juxtaposes anarchism with what he calls archism in order to theorize the potential for a radical democratic politics. He shows how archism—a centralized and hierarchical political form that is a secularization of ancient Greek and Hebrew prophetic traditions—dominates contemporary politics through a prophet’s promises of peace and prosperity or the threat of violence. Archism is met by anarchism, in which a community shares a collective form of judgment and vision. Martel focuses on the figure (...)
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    The Misinterpellated Subject.James R. Martel - 2017 - Duke University Press.
    Although Haitian revolutionaries were not the intended audience for the Declaration of the Rights of Man, they heeded its call, demanding rights that were not meant for them. This failure of the French state to address only its desired subjects is an example of the phenomenon James R. Martel labels "misinterpellation." Complicating Althusser's famous theory, Martel explores the ways that such failures hold the potential for radical and anarchist action. In addition to the Haitian Revolution, Martel shows how the revolutionary (...)
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    The Magic of Matter.James Martel - 2020 - Philosophy Today 64 (4):877-881.
    I look at what Walter Benjamin calls the “magic of matter,” a silent form of communication between material objects, including our bodies. This communion exists even when bodies are separated as they are during the pandemic and becomes especially sensible to us when the physical presence of others is removed.
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    Book Review: Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair, by Bonnie Honig. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (1):142-146.
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    Strong Sovereign, Weak Messiah: Thomas Hobbes on Scriptural Interpretation, Rhetoric, and the Holy Spirit.James R. Martel - 2005 - Theory and Event 7 (4).
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    Juxtaposition, Hemispheric Thought, and the Bounds of Political Theory: Juliet Hooker’s Theorizing Race in the Americas.Neil Roberts, Anne Norton, James Martel, Keisha Lindsay, Inés Valdez & Juliet Hooker - 2019 - Contemporary Political Theory 18 (4):604-639.
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    Book Review: Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy, by Andrew BenjaminWorking with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy, by BenjaminAndrew. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2016 - Political Theory 44 (1):131-136.
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    Arendt and the Pilgrims.James Martel - 2018 - Philosophy Today 62 (2):551-571.
    Although Arendt rejects all manifestations of what she calls “the absolute,” the way that theology trumps politics, she yet overlooks the theological basis of one of her most cherished models of political origins, the story of the Mayflower Compact. Arendt sees the Mayflower Compact as affording a basis for a community that is joined only through mutual promising, allowing a maximal amount of individualism and struggle within a collectively determined entity. Yet she downplays the role that theology serves in supporting (...)
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    Review Essay: Rethinking the Political During Bad Times: Davina Cooper’s Feeling Like a State and Noëlle McAfee’s Fear of Breakdown. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2022 - Political Theory 50 (1):169-176.
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    Hobbes's "Thinking-Bodies".James R. Martel - 2010 - Theory and Event 13 (1).
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    Response to Étienne Balibar, ‘Philosophies of the Transindividual: Spinoza, Marx, Freud’.James Martel - 2018 - Australasian Philosophical Review 2 (1):101-106.
    In this short response to Balibar’s article, I discuss what I consider to be some of the most radical implications of Balibar’s notion of transindividualism. Specifically, I argue that in his reading of Marx, Spinoza and Freud, Balibar complicates not only the categories of the individual and the mass but also even the way that these two concepts are connected, along with a more general subversion of the most fundamental building blocks of capitalism. Balibar shows that communism is already present (...)
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    Arendt and the Pilgrims in Advance.James Martel - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
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    Radio Benjamin.James Martel - 2016 - Contemporary Political Theory 15 (3):e54-e57.
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    Walter Benjamin’s Black Flashlight.James R. Martel - 2015 - Political Theory 43 (5):575-599.
    Many theorists promote a decentralized politics but very few of them practice this decentralization textually. In this essay, I engage with three techniques Benjamin employs to decenter his authority in the text: allegory, montage and the production of text as “pure means.” Taken together, these practices amount to what I am calling Benjamin’s use of a “black flashlight.” Rather than illuminate his text with his own knowledge, seeking to win the reader over by persuasion and textual authority, Benjamin seeks to (...)
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    Marco Wan. Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2017. 177 Pp. [REVIEW]James Martel - 2018 - Critical Inquiry 44 (3):600-601.
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    The Role of Emotion in Political Life.James Martel - 2004 - Political Theory 32 (1):116-120.
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    When the Call Is Not Meant for You: Misinterpellation, Subjectivity, and the Law.James R. Martel - 2015 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (4):494-515.
    In his parable “Abraham,” Franz Kafka offers us a narrative wherein the call that motivates Abraham to attempt to sacrifice his son Isaac is not perceived by Abraham alone but has many other, unintended interlocutors as well. Kafka tells us that besides the “real Abraham”—that is, the one that we all know about, someone who “already had everything, and yet was to be raised still higher” —there is “another Abraham” or possibly even several other Abrahams. One other Abraham, Kafka tells (...)
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    Amo: Volo Ut Sis: Love, Willing and Arendt's Reluctant Embrace of Sovereignty.James Martel - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (3):287-313.
    Although critical of what she calls the `antipolitical' forces of love and sovereignty, Arendt reluctantly embraces these aspects as the basis of politics itself. I explain this paradox by arguing that Arendt seeks to balance Greek and Roman notions of freedom with modern conceptions of the will. The solipsistic will poses a threat to politics. Yet the will is a fact of modern life and cannot be ignored. I argue that despite her embrace of classical understandings of freedom as contingency, (...)
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    Machiavelli's Public Conspiracies.James Martel - 2009 - Mediatropes 2 (1):60-83.
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    Comments on Working with Walter Benjamin.James Martel - 2015 - Philosophy Today 59 (1):139-146.
    In this essay, I comment on Andrew Benjamin’s recent book, Working with Walter Benjamin. I claim that in this book, Professor Benjamin has done a great deal to illuminate certain complicated aspects of Walter Benjamin’s philosophy. In particular, I focus on his distinction between theology and religion, his treatment of divine violence and the ways that it differs from any human actions, and the nature of what Professor Benjamin calls counter-measures, that is measures which not only challenge but actually unmake (...)
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    Nietzsche, Revelation, and the Materiality of Metaphor.James Martel - 2021 - Theory and Event 24 (1):220-239.
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    The Radical Promise of Thomas Hobbes: The Road Not Taken in Liberal Theory.James R. Martel - 2000 - Theory and Event 4 (2).
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    Can We Do Away with Sacrifice?James R. Martel - 2006 - Political Theory 34 (6):814-820.
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    Who Am I to Judge? [REVIEW]James R. Martel - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (2):290 - 295.
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    How to Make Concrete Laws Out of Thin Air: Peter Fitzpatrick on the Myths and Groundings of Legality.James Martel - 2021 - Law and Critique 32 (3):255-268.
    In this essay, I will describe the way that Peter Fitzpatrick takes a deep dive into law in its most abstract and mythopoetic form. I will argue that in doing so, Fitzpatrick reveals the way that an intangible and ethereal non thing can and does shape laws in all of their authority and violence. By looking at this strata of legal formation, Fitzpatrick demonstrates the way that law bridges the gap between its own non-being and its power in the world. (...)
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    The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory by Ira J. Allen.James Martel - 2021 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 54 (1):81-87.
    In The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory, Ira Allen does much more than give us a theory of rhetoric. He gives us a map of reality, of how we make the world real to ourselves, how we convince one another of its realness, even as what we so deem is constantly changing. This book is a primer on how the fact of radical contingency is not in and of itself fatal to the project of human life and politics. On the (...)
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    Politics in Chastened Times.James R. Martel - 2004 - Philosophy Today 32 (6):863-867.