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By Jens Bartelson

The concept that of sovereignty is valuable to diplomacy conception and theories of the country and gives the basis of the traditional separation of contemporary politics into family and overseas spheres. during this ebook Jens Bartelson offers a severe research and conceptual background of sovereignty, facing philosophical and political texts in the course of 3 sessions: the Renaissance, the Classical Age, and Modernity. He argues that sovereignty can be considered as an idea contingent upon, instead of basic to, political technology and its heritage.

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Governments establish the conditions for peace [and are] at the same time the precondition of society. 41 [HJostility is natural among men; it accepts regulation only within the political unit which is based on opposition and defines itself in its turn by hostilities. 42 Hence, the 'starting point of any valid theory of international relations',43 that is, the divide between domestic and international politics, comes naturally: 'so long as humanity has not achieved unification into a universal state, an essential differenc.

That is, as it figures in international political theory, sovereignty is not an attribute of something whose existence is prior to or independent of sovereignty; rather, it is the concept of sovereignty itself which supplies this indivisibility and unity. At a less abstract level, the self-presence of sovereignty has two important implications. First, and consistent with the logic of sublimation, it places the metaphysical unity of the state in opposition to its outside, its ethical negation. The international system is marked by the absence of unity right from the start; it is pure plurality.

The first and most basic question in this triad concerns the source of sovereignty: what kind of origin or foundation is invoked when explaining or justifying the existence of the sovereign state by international political theory and macrosociology respectively? Second, what is the locus attributed to sovereignty by these theories? Where, and with whom, does sovereignty reside inside the state? Third, what is the scope of sovereignty; exactly what is encompassed and brought under its sway? While the first question concerns the philosophical legitimacy of the state, the second concerns its status as an acting subject, while the third concerns the objective conditions of its unity.

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