“One of the many nodal tensions that we shall have, if not to unknot, at least to reconnoiter in as strict and tight a way as possible, is that if sovereignty is, indeed, defined as the proper of man (in the sense of artifice, law, conventionality, contract, as we had recognized them in Bodin and Hobbes, and even if a theological grounding—we also took this complication into account—continued deep down to legitimate this humanity, this anthropological and supposedly secular dimension of sovereignty), [if sovereignty is, indeed, defined as the proper of man] it is nonetheless also in the name of man, the humanity of man, the dignity of man, therefore a certain proper of man, that a certain modernity has begun to question, to undermine, to put into crisis nation-state sovereignty.”
Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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