Sovereign Imaginaries: Visualizing the Sacred Foundation of Law's Authority

25 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018

Date Written: June 23, 2018

Abstract

If a world is to be lived in, it must be founded. This foundational function belongs to the sovereign imagination. What a polity names as sovereign in the state of exception, when the sacred irrupts anew, is a matter of individual and collective responsibility. In this dispensation, law, politics, and religion become inescapably entangled in metaphysics. It behooves us to understand the nature and consequences of this state of affairs.

Keywords: sovereignty, the sacred, jurisprudence, metaphysics, visual culture, political theory, theology

Suggested Citation

Sherwin, Richard Kenneth, Sovereign Imaginaries: Visualizing the Sacred Foundation of Law's Authority (June 23, 2018). NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3212807, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3212807 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3212807

Richard Kenneth Sherwin (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

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