Forum Theme 1
In the often hotly contested contemporary critical discourse, the related notions of individual and social identity, values and viable conduct continue to be the bone of contention, as their competing rationales sanction radically distinctive existential frameworks. The present essay employs some of the methodological strategies of the genealogical analysis as progressively refined by Ernst Kantorowicz and Michel Foucault, and it aims to chart a trajectory of historical applications and effects of the theory of sovereignty as the organizing principle coordinating our legal and socio-governmental rationales of value and of individual and social conduct. The principle governing Kantorowicz’s selection and consideration of the Medieval texts discussed here appears to reflect the concerns and objectives of the genealogical critique. My adoption of the genealogical approach to history enables an approach to historical and thus present events as succeeding shifts in the “régimes of truth” coordinating the constitution of “Man” as the subject and object of particular modes of rationality. By making those rationales intelligible one immanently subjects them to critical interrogations in terms of the effects of dis- and em- powerment that they produce.
©2006 Artur Golczewski
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"Sovereign Right, Democracy and the Rule of Law,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 2:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol2/iss1/11