Making Sense of 'Public' Emergencies

In this article, I seek to make sense of the oft-invoked idea of 'public emergency' and of some of its (supposedly) radical moral implications. I challenge controversial claims by Tom Sorell, Michael Walzer, and Giorgio Agamben, and argue for a more discriminating understanding of the category and its moral force.
Keywords public emergencies  supreme emergencies  role and responsibility of the state  Michael Walzer  Giorgio Agamben  Tom Sorell
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DOI 10.5840/pom20098215
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François Tanguay-Renaud (2013). Criminalizing the State. Criminal Law and Philosophy 7 (2):255-284.

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