A1 Journal article (refereed)
Enduring the Autoimmune Aporia of Democratic Sovereignty (2021)

Mihkelsaar, J. (2021). Enduring the Autoimmune Aporia of Democratic Sovereignty. Krisis: tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie, 41(1), 94-113. https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.41.1.37171

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Mihkelsaar, Janar

Journal or series: Krisis: tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie

ISSN: 0168-275X

eISSN: 1875-7103

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 41

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 94-113

Publisher: University of Groningen Press

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.41.1.37171

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76573


This article aims to read Rogues in order to argue that Derrida is neither an advocate of pure democracy nor a critic of sovereignty in general, but rather a thinker of democratic sovereignty that is based on articulating aporetic transactions between the exigency of the possible and what disrupts the order of the possible, i.e., the necessity of sovereign calculations and the exigency of a democratic “promise.” Present-day politics illustrate the “autoimmune” collapse of aporetic transactions: neoliberals hypostasize an existing democracy and protect it against popular sovereignty, while populists hypostasize nation-state sovereignty and immunize it against the promise of “democracy to come".

Keywords: democracy; sovereignty; public discussion; philosophy

Free keywords: aporia; autoimmunity; Derrida; democracy; sovereignty

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Reporting Year: 2021

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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