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Author Epstein, Jeffrey H., 1974- author.

Title Democracy and its others / by Jeffrey H. Epstein
Published London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy
Political theory and contemporary philosophy.
Contents Cover page ; Halftitle page ; Series page ; Title page ; Copyright page ; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Ethnos, Demos, and Foreignness; Playing politics: ethnos and the (re)unification of the demos; 2 Hospitality or War? A Foreigner Approaches; The Piraeus; Cephalus, the metic; Polemarchus, the metic; Thrasymachus, the indecidable foreigner; 3 The Fearful Origins of Sovereignty in the Social Contract Tradition; The fearful origins of sovereignty in Hobbes; The fearful origins of sovereignty in Locke; The fearful origins of sovereignty in Rousseau
4 The Qualities of Sovereignty in the Social Contract TraditionHobbes' absolute sovereign; Locke's neutral umpire; Rousseau's general will; A brief summary of sovereignty; 5 Foreignness, Sovereignty, and the Social Contract Tradition; Territorial exclusions; Homogeneous unity and the sovereign exclusion of foreignness; Foreignness in Hobbes' theorization of sovereignty; Foreignness in Locke's theorization of sovereignty; Foreignness in Rousseau's theorization of sovereignty; 6 The Naturalization of Artificial Sovereignty and Foreignness; Hobbes' naturalization of artificial sovereignty
Democratic iterationsThe foreign-citizen; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Locke's naturalization of artificial sovereigntyRousseau's naturalization of artificial sovereignty; The naturalization of artificial foreignness; 7 The Foreign-Sovereign; The quasi-regime; 8 Foreign Unto It-Self, the Democratic Nation-State; Democracy's others and the protection of the democratic nation-state; Foreign unto it-self: autoimmune democracy; Democracy to come and the foreign-sovereign; 9 The Foreign-Citizen at the Threshold of Democratic Cosmopolitanism; Universal hospitality at the border between the moral and legal; Unconditional hospitality and the cosmopolitanism to come
Summary Today's unprecedented levels of human migration present urgent challenges to traditional conceptualizations of national identity, nation-state sovereignty, and democratic citizenship. Foreigners are commonly viewed as outsiders whose inclusion within or exclusion from "the people" of the democratic state rests upon whether they benefit or threaten the unity of the nation. Against this instrumentalization of the foreigner, this book traces the historical development of the concepts of sovereignty and foreignness through the thought of philosophers such as Plato, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Derrida, and Benhabib in order to show that foreignness is a structural feature of sovereignty that cannot be purged or assimilated
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Aliens -- Civil rights
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Immigrants -- Civil rights
Political rights.
Aliens -- Civil rights.
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Immigrants -- Civil rights.
Political ideologies.
Political rights.
Political science & theory.
Political structures: democracy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501312014