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  1.  4
    The Grammar of Indifference: Tocqueville and the Language of Democracy.R. Avramenko - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):495-523.
    This essay analyzes what Alexis de Tocqueville calls an “application of linguistics to history.” Beginning with Tocqueville’s position that language is the ground of meaningful bonds between people, I argue that the internal logic of a language—the grammar—is correlated with the internal logic governing the social order that both begets and is begotten by that language. Social orders therefore have both linguistic and political grammars and, as the internal logic of language changes, so too can the political grammar. This essay (...)
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    Democracy and Unfreedom: Revisiting Tocqueville and Beaumont in America.S. M. Benson - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):466-494.
    This essay reexamines the famous 1831 prison tours of Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont. It reads the three texts that emerged from their collective research practice as a trilogy, one conventionally read in different disciplinary homes. I argue that in marginalizing the trilogy’s important critique of slavery and punishment, scholars have overemphasized the centrality of free institutions and ignored the unfree institutions that also anchor American political life. The article urges scholars in political theory and political science to (...)
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    Book Review: Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault, by Nancy LuxonCrisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault, by LuxonNancy. 379 Pp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]Heberle Renée - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):566-570.
  4. Book Review: Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault, by Nancy LuxonCrisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault, by LuxonNancy. 379 Pp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]Heberle Renée - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):566-570.
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  5. Book Review: Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault, by Nancy Luxon. [REVIEW]Heberle Renée - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):566-570.
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    Book Review: Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory, by Susan McWilliams. [REVIEW]L. Jenco - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):573-577.
  7. Book Review: Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory, by Susan McWilliamsTraveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory, by McWilliamsSusan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 240 Pp. [REVIEW]Leigh Jenco - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):573-577.
  8. Book Review: Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory, by Susan McWilliams. [REVIEW]Leigh Jenco - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):573-577.
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    Lincoln’s Decisionism and the Politics of Elimination.S. Johnston - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):524-551.
    Abraham Lincoln’s hallowed place in American memory is secure: He saved the Union, put an end to slavery, and was assassinated for these very successes. At the same time, Lincoln’s many undeniable achievements came at terrible—and lasting—democratic cost. Informed by the work of Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben, this essay aspires to illuminate that cost by analyzing two cases where Lincoln exercised a sovereign decisionism—one involving the exile of Ohio politician Clement Vallandigham for publicly opposing the Civil War and the (...)
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    Book Review: Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom, by Jacob T. Levy. [REVIEW]J. Kuznicki - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):570-573.
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    Book Review: Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom, by Jacob T. LevyRationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom, by LevyJacob T.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 322 Pp. [REVIEW]Jason Kuznicki - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):570-573.
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    Book Review: Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy, by Jacqueline A. Taylor. [REVIEW]P. Sagar - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):577-581.
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    Book Review: Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy, by Jacqueline A. TaylorReflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy, by TaylorJacqueline A.Oxford: Oxford University. 2015, 240 Pp. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):577-581.
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    The Politics of Peoplehood.J. White & L. Ypi - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):439-465.
    Contemporary political theory has made the question of the “people” a topic of sustained analysis. This article identifies two broad approaches taken—norm-based and contestation-based—and, noting some problems left outstanding, goes on to advance a complementary account centred on partisan practice. It suggests the definition of “the people” is closely bound up in the analysis of political conflict, and that partisans engaged in such conflict play an essential role in constructing and contesting different principled conceptions. The article goes on to show (...)
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    Rousseau on Inequality and Free Will. [REVIEW]D. L. Williams - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):552-565.
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    Rousseau on Inequality and Free WillRousseau’s Critique of Inequality: Reconstructing the Second Discourse, by NeuhouserFrederick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 250 Pp.The Free Animal: Rousseau on Free Will and Human Nature, by MacLeanLee. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 248 Pp. [REVIEW]David Lay Williams - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):552-565.
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    Rousseau on Inequality and Free Will. [REVIEW]David Lay Williams - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):552-565.
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    Of Wonder: Thomas Hobbes’s Political Appropriation of Thaumazein.Kye Anderson Barker - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):362-384.
    This essay presents a reading of the use of wonder in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. In this essay, I argue that not only did Hobbes incorporate the ancient conception of wonder into his design for the emotional apparatus of the modern sovereign state, but that when he did so he also transformed it and other concepts. Previous scholars have paid close attention to Hobbes’s confrontation with ancient philosophy, but there has been no sustained study of Hobbes’s use of (...)
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    Responsibility as Responsiveness: Enacting a Dispositional Ethics of Encounter.Emily Beausoleil - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):291-318.
    With the normative demand to attend to social difference and an absence of universal evaluative terms with which to do so, recent theory has increasingly turned to the study of the affective rather than epistemological conditions of ethical encounter. This I call a “dispositional ethics” that construes responsibility as responsiveness. Recent articulations of such an ethics, notably in the most current work of Judith Butler, James Tully, Jade Larissa Schiff, and Ella Myers, highlight its connection to situated practices of concrete (...)
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    Book Review: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000, by Andrew Fitzmaurice. [REVIEW]D. Bhattacharyya - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):416-419.
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    Book Review: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000, by Andrew FitzmauriceSovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000, by FitzmauriceAndrew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2014, 398 Pp. [REVIEW]Debjani Bhattacharyya - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):416-419.
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    Book Review: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000, by Andrew Fitzmaurice. [REVIEW]Debjani Bhattacharyya - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):416-419.
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    Book Review: Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought, by Julie E. Cooper. [REVIEW]C. Brooke - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):423-426.
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  24. Book Review: Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought, by Julie E. CooperSecular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought, by CooperJulie E.Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 251 Pp. [REVIEW]Christopher Brooke - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):423-426.
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    Book Review: New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today, by Simona FortiNew Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today: By FortiSimona. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. 412 Pp. [REVIEW]Adriana Cavarero - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):430-434.
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  26. Book Review: New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today, by Simona Forti. [REVIEW]Adriana Cavarero - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):430-434.
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    Unspoken Insurgencies: Interpretive Publics in Contentious Politics.Stacey Liou - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):342-361.
    This essay uses the 2014 protests in Thailand in which demonstrators silently brandished The Hunger Games’s three-fingered salute as a lens through which to analyze nonverbal communication in contentious politics. Drawing on and extending J.L. Austin’s speech act theory, I explore the conditions of legibility of nonverbal language such as bodily gesture, signs and symbols. While neither verbal nor nonverbal speech guarantees an exact translation between intention and reception, nonverbal utterances operate along a looser terrain of legibility. I contend that (...)
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    Book Review: A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combating Political Extremism, by Alexander Kirshner. [REVIEW]C. Lopez-Guerra - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):419-423.
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    Book Review: A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combating Political Extremism, by Alexander KirshnerA Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combating Political Extremism, by KirshnerAlexander. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014. 224 Pp. [REVIEW]Claudio López-Guerra - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):419-423.
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    Book Review: Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, by David Scott. [REVIEW]R. Nichols - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):426-430.
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  31. Book Review: Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, by David ScottOmens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, by ScottDavid. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. 232 Pp. [REVIEW]Robert Nichols - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):426-430.
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  32. Book Review: Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice, by David Scott. [REVIEW]Robert Nichols - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):426-430.
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    Precarity and Elemental Difference: On Butler’s Re-Writing of Irigarayan Difference.Emily Anne Parker - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):319-341.
    It is widely accepted that Judith Butler’s work represents a fundamental departure from that of Luce Irigaray. However, in a 2001 essay, Butler suggests that Irigaray’s work plays a formative role in her own, and that the problematization of the biological and cultural distinction that Irigaray’s notion of sexual difference accomplishes must be rethought and multiplied rather than simply rejected. In this essay, I place the notion of precarity in the work of Butler alongside that of sexual difference in Irigaray, (...)
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    The Light of Reason”: Reading the Leviathan with “The Werckmeister Harmonies.Michael J. Shapiro - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (3):385-415.
    In this essay I stage an encounter between Hobbes’s Leviathan and two versions of the “The Werckmeister Harmonies”. The story contains a number of Hobbes icons, for example, an enormous stuffed whale and a “Prince,” both of which arrive with a circus that comes to a Hungarian town and precipitates fear and chaos. I argue that the story thinks both with and against Hobbes, enabled by Hobbes’s aesthetic style while at the same time challenging the historical prescience of his political (...)
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    Book Review: John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice as Unfairness, Edited by Anthony B. Bradley and Greg Forster. [REVIEW]T. Bailey - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):284-286.
  36. Book Review: John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice as Unfairness, Edited by Anthony B. Bradley and Greg ForsterJohn Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice as Unfairness, Edited by BradleyAnthony B.ForsterGreg. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2015. 216 Pp. [REVIEW]Tom Bailey - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):284-286.
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    Letter From the Editor.Lawrie Balfour - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):139-140.
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    Book Review: Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, by Robert Howse. [REVIEW]S. Benhabib - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):273-277.
  39. Book Review: Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, by Robert Howse. [REVIEW]Seyla Benhabib - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):273-277.
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    Book Review: Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, by Robert HowseLeo Strauss: Man of Peace, by HowseRobert. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 202 Pp. [REVIEW]Seyla Benhabib - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):273-277.
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    Book Review: Rawls and Religion, Edited by Tom Bailey and Valentina Gentile. [REVIEW]J. M. Knippenberg - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):281-283.
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    Book Review: Rawls and Religion, Edited by Tom Bailey and Valentina GentileRawls and Religion, Edited by BaileyTomGentileValentina. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Xiv + 307 Pp. [REVIEW]Joseph M. Knippenberg - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):281-283.
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    Blood Money.Char Roone Miller - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):216-239.
    Contemporary responses to Plato’s Republic rarely examine its complex relationship to festivals and sacrifice. Recovering the importance of the festival to Plato’s concerns, this article reveals Plato’s displacement of the sacrificial violence of ancient Greek festivals with the language and possibilities of money. The first section introduces, through the opening scenes of the Republic, the significance of money in Ancient Greece, particularly its affiliation with the ritual dynamics of the festival. The second section focuses on animal sacrifice, developing the central (...)
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    Urgent History.Jeanne Morefield - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):164-191.
    This article argues for the recovery and re-incorporation of lost voices and debates into the history of political thought by focusing on the issue of sovereignty. It begins by examining why such a narrow understanding of the canon has come to dominate the sub-discipline and argues for critical approaches that treat the past as a “contested terrain” rather than an unfolding plot. It then turns to early twentieth-century Britain as an example of an era when thinkers who have been largely (...)
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    Book Review: Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, by Jeffrey A. Bernstein. [REVIEW]E. Panagiotarakou - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):277-280.
  46. Book Review: Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, by Jeffrey A. BernsteinLeo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History, by BernsteinJeffrey A.Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015. 258 Pp. [REVIEW]Eleni Panagiotarakou - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):277-280.
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    Irony in Adam Smith’s Critical Global History.Jennifer Pitts - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):141-163.
    This essay argues that attention to Adam Smith’s ironic framing of his historical narratives in the Wealth of Nations shows his critique of modern commercial society to have been more radical than is generally recognized. These narratives traced the pathologies of European development and the complex chains of causation that linked Smith’s readers—with often destructive and even catastrophic results—to other human beings distant from themselves. While Smith gave reasons to doubt that sympathy for distant others could bring about reform, I (...)
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    Constructing and Enforcing Racial Communities. [REVIEW]R. Sanders - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):261-272.
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  49. Constructing and Enforcing Racial Communities. [REVIEW]Rachel Sanders - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):261-272.
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    Constructing and Enforcing Racial CommunitiesHow Americans Make Race: Stories, Institutions, Spaces, by HaywardClarissa Rile. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 212 Pp.Race and the Politics of the Exception: Equality, Sovereignty, and American Democracy, by McKnightUtz. New York: Routledge, 2013. 249 Pp. [REVIEW]Rachel Sanders - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):261-272.
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    Remembering Atlantis.Casey Stegman - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):240-260.
    There has been much scholarly disagreement concerning Plato’s participation in the mid-fourth century debates over Athens’s ancestral constitution. This disunity stems from contrasting views about the relationship between philosophy and Athenian politics in Plato’s writings. Recently, several political theorists have reoriented our general understanding about Plato’s complex involvement with Athenian politics. However, these discussions do not discuss Plato’s specific relationship with patrios politeia. In order to bridge this gap, I turn to two dialogues within the later Platonic corpus: Timaeus and (...)
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    Musical Mimesis and Political Ethos in Plato’s Republic.Nina Valiquette Moreau - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (2):192-215.
    This essay argues that Plato’s Republic includes a widely overlooked meditation on the affective dimension of political judgment. This meditation occurs in the passages on music. In music, Plato identifies the possibility of an extra-rational aesthetic activity that prepares the soul for reasoned judgment: he makes musical mimesis the precondition to logos because of its ability to actualize in the soul the very ethos required of sound judgment. Music is able to do this because it is not imagistic; music does (...)
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    Deliberative Justice and Collective Identity: A Virtues-Centered Perspective.D. W. M. Barker - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):116-136.
    Drawing upon insights from virtue ethics, this essay develops a concept of collective identity specifically suited to deliberative democracy: a virtues-centered theory of deliberative justice. Viewing democratic legitimacy as a political phenomenon, we must account for more than the formal rules that must be satisfied according to deontological theories of deliberative democracy. I argue that common approaches to deliberative democracy are unable to account for the motivations of deliberation, or ensure that citizens have the cognitive skills to deliberate well. Next, (...)
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    Deliberative Justice and Collective Identity.Derek W. M. Barker - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):116-136.
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    Bringing in the Work of Nature.Alyssa Battistoni - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):5-31.
    Ecological concern has recently prompted efforts to assess the economic value of ecological functions: the “work of nature” must no longer be taken for granted as a free amenity, but priced and accounted for as “natural capital.” Critiques of this approach tend to defend nature’s intrinsic value against intrusions of economic logic, but fail to articulate a compelling politics in response. I here argue that nature ought indeed to be brought in to the realm of political economy, but question the (...)
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    Letter From the Editor.Jane Bennett - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):3-4.
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    Climate Change, Violence, and Film.Chase Hobbs-Morgan - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):76-96.
    While debates over the existence of climate change rage on, impacts thereof have begun to unfold. Yet such impacts are uneven: for some, the impacts of climate change comprise direct threats, while for others it remains a relatively abstract idea. In this essay, I suggest that conceptualizing climate change as violence rather than exclusively an environmental or technological problem brings it closer to everyday life by exposing it as a concrete social and political issue, and that film provides a medium (...)
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    The Earth as a Gift-Giving Ancestor.Anatoli Ignatov - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):52-75.
    This article puts into conversation Friedrich Nietzsche’s perspectivism and a particular expression of “African animism,” drawn from my ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana. Nietzsche’s perspectivism extends interpretation beyond the human species into natural processes. Like perspectivism, African animism troubles the binaries—body/soul, nature/culture—that permeate anthropocentric thinking. Human-nonhuman relations are refigured as socio-ecological relations: the earth may be regarded as life-generating ancestors; baobab trees may approach humans as kin. These two images of the world intersect, but they do not mesh together. Nietzsche adopts (...)
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    Objectifying Climate Change.Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):32-51.
    For quite some time, reinsurance companies have been pricing the ongoing climate change using weather- and catastrophe-related instruments and thus have been able to make money through climate change. Yet, at the same time, for reinsurance companies it is crucial that the likelihood of the events they underwrite is diminished as much as possible. Consequently, while profiting from the situation, these key actors of global capitalism also work to prevent climate change from taking place, and support the kinds of measures, (...)
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    For a Pragmatics of the Useless, or the Value of the Infrathin.Erin Manning - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (1):97-115.
    Marcel Duchamp describes the infrathin as “the most minute of intervals, or the slightest of differences.” Working through Duchamp’s proposition, and taking him at his work that the infrathin cannot be defined as such—“One can only give examples of it”—this article explores how the infrathin comes to expression and asks what a politics of the infrathin might look like. Key to the exploration is the question of how else value can be defined and how this rethinking of the concept of (...)
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