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Limit Horizons & Critique: Seductions and Perils of the Nation

24 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2007  

Tayyab Mahmud

Seattle University School of Law - Center for Global Justice

Abstract

This essay introduces four contributions on nation and nationalism that form a cluster in the 2005 Annual Symposium of Latina/o Critical Legal Theory (LatCrit). It puts forward the concept of "limit horizons": the hegemonic ontological categories that so imprint the imaginary of an age the even critique remains imprisoned in the normalcy of these categories - an imprisonment that curtails the transformatory potential of critique. It is argued that the modern concept of the nation is such a limit horizon. Consequently, any critical engagement with the concept of the nation must concurrently be an exercise in self-critique to ensure that tools of critique are not blunted by the weight of this primary limit horizon of our age.

Keywords: nation, nationalism, critique, limit horizon, modernity, nation-state

JEL Classification: K10, K33, K19, K30, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Mahmud, Tayyab, Limit Horizons & Critique: Seductions and Perils of the Nation. Villanova Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 939-961, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=992361

Tayyab Mahmud (Contact Author)

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