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Daniel Loick is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. He is the author and editor of several books published in German.
Preface, Axel Honneth
I. Traditional Theories of Sovereignty
II. Critical Theories of Sovereignty
III. Critical Theory Without Sovereignty
An essential reading on sovereignty, Daniel Loick’s book is a real feast in political theory. Moving effortlessly through a wide array of thinkers from Jean Bodin to Walter Benjamin and beyond, Loick reconstructs modern theories of state sovereignty with remarkable systematicity and erudition, only to problematize and decenter this dominant tradition with the best tools of contemporary critical theory. With an acute sense of irony, he deciphers the contradictions that characterize the great thinkers of sovereignty and offers a patient demystification of the modern state. Loick reminds us that law without coercion and life without sovereignty are not only possible but also eminently desirable.— Banu Bargu, Professor of History of Consciousness and Political Theory, University of California
Daniel Loick’s book offers a masterful critique of traditional theories of sovereignty from Bodin through Hobbes and Rousseau to Kant; a compelling reconstruction of critical theories of sovereignty from Marx through Benjamin and Arendt to Foucault, Derrida, and Agamben; and a bold and ambitious proposal for rethinking critical theory beyond the concept of sovereignty. A timely, original, and insightful contribution to contemporary critical theory.— Amy Allen, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
As richly erudite as it is thoughtful and provocative, A Critique of Sovereignty is remarkable for the sheer number of literatures it plumbs--across the history of political thought and across multiple generations and genres of critical theory. Loick also models thinking expansively, rigorously and imaginatively about one of the important predicaments of our time: democratic possibility at the end of the nation's state monopoly of political power and violence. Beautifully written and translated, this is a book to read, ponder, argue with and teach.
— Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Most contemporary critical theory looks at sovereignty as something to democratize or improve, thus failing to set up a thorough critique. On the contrary, Loick does not aim at making sovereignty work better. With this book, he radically questions its very legitimacy. This is critical theory at its best.
— Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research