Sovereign Violence and the Power of Acting – (Imagining the Unsovereign Law)

Bruno Gullì


Starting from Kant’s distinction between private and public reason, the idea is to challenge the meaning of political intervention today, political discourse. What is to be a scholar in the digital age? What are the limits of the law, and how can one speak of an alternative, unsovereign law? What is to resist subjection and build the new? True maturity and freedom cannot be reconciled with blind obedience and docility in the private sphere. Only lives guided by reason in Spinoza’s sense can overcome the logics of coercion and consent, both leading into subjection and servitude. Yet, for this, it is necessary to think about the role of contingency and the desire for freedom.


Kant; Spinoza; private/public reason; contingency; freedom; sovereignty.

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