By Jens Bartelson
The concept that of sovereignty is vital to diplomacy idea and theories of the nation and gives the basis of the normal separation of recent politics into family and overseas spheres. during this ebook Jens Bartelson presents a serious research and conceptual historical past of sovereignty, facing philosophical and political texts in the course of 3 sessions: the Renaissance, the Classical Age, and Modernity. He argues that sovereignty will be considered as an idea contingent upon, instead of primary to, political technological know-how and its heritage.
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As I shall argue in the following sections, these explanatory priorities put international political theory and macrosociology in an inverse but symmetrical relationship to each other; each discourse takes for granted exactly that which the other takes to be problematic. Sampling from the exemplars21 in each field, the following sections aim to provide a brief sketch of what is presupposed in the current empiricist understanding of sovereignty in both fields, and to explore the possibility of a more integrated conceptualization of sovereignty as proposed by structuration theory.
23 In the words of Derrida, to deconstruct a theory does not consist of 'moving from one concept to another but of reversing and displacing a conceptual order as well as the nonconceptual order with which it is articulated ... 26 In so doing, I shall limit my inquiry to three related questions concerning the status of the concept of sovereignty in these texts. All of them are key questions to classical political philosophy which take on a different sense when posed within a deconstructivist framework; their formulation is not expected to yield final answers, but to unmask the conceptual problems which a scientific discourse runs into when trying to answer them.
Since they both are empiricist in outlook, the critical inquiry permits us to judge the impact of this empiricism on the conceptualization of sovereignty. The second reason pertains to their complementary yet opposed character. The theoretical and empirical integration across these fields of knowledge is a promise held out by structuration theorists and scientific realists within both fields; the present chapter also aims to evaluate this promise, and to explore the reconceptualization of sovereignty it implies.