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State of Exception
Vanredno stanje

Author(s): Giorgio Agamben
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nova srpska politička misao
Keywords: state of exception; sovereignty; legal order; law; life;

Summary/Abstract: In this article the author connects the concept of sovereignty, first of all as defined by Carl Schmitt, and the concept of state of exception that is already containted in Schmitt’s definition of the sovereign. Pointing to the paradoxes of the state of exception, i.e. its position of simoultaniously being inside and outside the law – state of exception is the legal posibility of suspention of law – the author determines that the state of exception is situated on the limit between the political and juridical. In order to overcome this difference he introduces the concept of life : the sovereign exception is the original decision through which law refers to life so that it can include it in the very gesture that suspends its own application.

  • Issue Year: 12/2005
  • Issue No: 01+04
  • Page Range: 135-145
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Serbian