Legitimacy, Signature and Sovereignty in Derrida

Law, Culture and the Humanities 2021 (2021)
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Legitimacy is a concept that has been largely forgotten by the deconstructive discourse on law and politics. This article seeks, on the one hand, to reassess the role of legitimacy in deconstruction and, on the other hand, to bring deconstructive thinking to bear on the concept of legitimacy. By re-reading Derrida’s “Declarations of Independence” through the lenses of his later texts on sovereignty and (counter)signature, it is argued that, rather than being deconstructible, legitimacy is deconstructing any self-founding of law and power. As such, legitimacy functions not as an evaluative concept of law and order but as a constantly insisting demand that facilitates the principles of responsibility and responsiveness.

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Andro Kitus
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The Legitimacy of the People.Sofia Näsström - 2007 - Political Theory 35 (5):624-658.
A certain impossible possibility of saying the event.Jacques Derrida - 2007 - In William John Thomas Mitchell & Arnold Ira Davidson (eds.), The Late Derrida. University of Chicago Press. pp. 441-461.
Countersignature.Jacques Derrida - 2004 - Paragraph 27 (2):7-42.

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