Roberto Esposito's deontological communal contract

Angelaki 18 (3):33-48 (2013)
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This article underlines and draws attention to critical insights Esposito makes regarding the prospects of rethinking community in a globalized world. Alongside Agamben and Nancy, Esposito challenges the property prejudice found in mainstream models of community. In identity politics, collective identity is converted into a form of communal property. Borders, sovereign territories, and exclusive rights are fiercely defended in the name of communal property. Esposito responds to this problem by developing what I call a “deontological communal contract” where being and ethics are prioritized over having and economics. I examine this new perspective on community in relation to mainstream models found in contemporary and classical social theory.
Keywords Community  Ontology  Roberto Esposito  Existentialism  Deontology  Communitarianism  Property Prejudice
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DOI 10.1080/0969725X.2013.834663
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