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    Political Legitimacy: A Theoretical Approach Between Facts and Norms.Chris Thornhill - 2011 - Constellations 18 (2):135-169.
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    Niklas Luhmann, Carl Schmitt and the Modern Form of the Political.Chris Thornhill - 2007 - European Journal of Social Theory 10 (4):499-522.
    Niklas Luhmann elaborated his account of the political system in a complex, though often implicit, debate with Carl Schmitt. Underlying his systems-theoretical model of politics, and of the legitimacy of politics, is the anti-Schmittian view that modern society's communications about itself are neither coordinated by, nor embodied in, a political centre, and that politics is always an unemphatic aspect of these communications. However, this article proposes an immanent critique of Luhmann's analysis of the political system, and it argues that his (...)
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    The Autonomy of the Political: A Socio-Theoretical Response.Chris Thornhill - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (6):705-735.
    This article sets out a series of critical reflections on recent and contemporary theoretical literature that makes expansive claims for the status of the political as an autonomous category of social practice in modern society, and it argues that such theories usually rest on rather tautological and self-supporting constructions of society's politicality. To counter this, the article advocates and proposes a social-functional reconstruction of what, precisely, is political in modern society, and it suggests that modern societies are in fact structurally (...)
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    Sociological Enlightenments and the Sociology of Political Philosophy.Chris Thornhill - 2012 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 259 (1):55-83.
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    Towards a Historical Sociology of Constitutional Legitimacy.Chris Thornhill - 2008 - Theory and Society 37 (2):161-197.
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    German Political Philosophy: The Metaphysics of Law.Chris Thornhill - 2006 - Routledge.
    From the Reformation to the present, German political philosophy has done much to shape the contours of theoretical debate on politics, law, and the conditions of political legitimacy; many of the most decisive and influential theoretical impulses in European political history have originated in Germany. Until now, there has been no thorough history of German political philosophy available in English. This book offers a synoptic account of the main debates in its evolution. Commencing with the formal reception of Roman law (...)
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    Systems Theory and Legal Theory: Luhmann, Heidegger and the False Ends of Metaphysics.Chris Thornhill - 2002 - Radical Philosophy 116 (Novemb):7-20.
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    Karl Jaspers and Theodor W. Adorno: The Metaphysics of the Human.Chris Thornhill - 2005 - History of European Ideas 31 (1):61-84.
    This article argues that debates about the theoretical relations between Critical Theory and Existential philosophy have to date been excessively focused on the connections between Martin Heidegger and Theodor W. Adorno, and should now extend their analysis to consider points of dialogue between Adorno and Karl Jaspers. Examining the cognitive, ethical and political implications of their works, the article claims that Jaspers and Adorno have much in common and contribute in related ways to our understanding of certain important issues. This (...)
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    Karl Jaspers.Chris Thornhill - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Karl Jaspers: Politics and Metaphysics.Dr Chris Thornhill & Chris Thornhill - 2002 - Routledge.
    This book sets out a new reading of the much-neglected philosophy of Karl Jaspers. By questioning the common perception of Jaspers either as a proponent of irrationalist cultural philosophy or as an early, peripheral disciple of Martin Heidegger, it re-establishes him as a central figure in modern European philosophy. Giving particular consideration to his position in epistemological, metaphysical and political debate, the author argues that Jaspers's work deserves renewed consideration in a number of important discussions, particularly in hermeneutics, anthropological reflections (...)
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    Carl Schmitt After the Deluge: A Review of the Recent Literature. [REVIEW]Chris J. Thornhill - 2000 - History of European Ideas 26 (3-4):225-240.
  12. Law and the Formation of Modern Europe: Perspectives From the Historical Sociology of Law.Mikael Rask Madsen & Chris Thornhill (eds.) - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Law and the Formation of Modern Europe explores processes of legal construction in both the national and supranational domains, and it provides an overview of the modern European legal order. In its supranational focus, it examines the sociological pressures which have given rise to European public law, the national origins of key transnational legal institutions and the elite motivations driving the formation of European law. In its national focus, it addresses legal questions and problems which have assumed importance in parallel (...)
     
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  13. Democratic Crisis and Global Constitutional Law.Christopher Thornhill - 2021 - Cambridge University Press.
    Democratic Crisis and Global Constitutional Law explains the current weakness of democratic polities by examining antinomies in constitutional democracy and its theoretical foundations. This book argues that democracy is usually analysed in a theoretical lens that is not adequately sensitive to its historical origins. The author proposes a new sociological framework for understanding democracy and its constitutional preconditions, stressing the linkage between classical patterns of democratic citizenship and military processes and arguing that democratic stability at the national level relies on (...)
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    First Page Preview.Chris Thornhill - 2004 - History of European Ideas 30 (4):519-522.
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    Global Constitutionalism and Democracy: The Case of Colombia.Chris Thornhill & Carina Rodrigues de Araújo Calabria - 2020 - Jus Cogens 2 (2):155-183.
    Focusing on the case of Colombia, this article sets out a sociological examination of constitutions marked by strong, activist judiciaries, by entrenched systems of human rights protection, and by emphatic implementation of global human rights law. Contra standard critiques of this constitutional model, it argues that such constitutions need to be seen as creating a new pattern of democracy, which is often distinctively adapted to structures in societies in which the typical patterns of legitimation and subject formation required for democratic (...)
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  16. German Political Philosophy: The Metaphysics of Law.Chris Thornhill - 2006 - Routledge.
    This book combines philosophical, intellectual-historical and political-theoretical methodologies to provide a new synoptic reading of the history of German political philosophy. Incorporating chapters on the political ideas of Luther and Zwingli, on the politics of the early Enlightenment, on Idealism, on Historicism and Lukács, on early Twentieth-Century political theology, on the Frankfurt School, and on Habermas and Luhmann, the book sets out both a broad and a detailed discussion of German political reflection from the Reformation to the present. In doing (...)
     
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    Introduction.Chris Thornhill - 2012 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 259 (1):5-7.
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    Litigation and Political Transformation: The Case of Russia.Chris Thornhill & Maria Smirnova - 2018 - Theory and Society 47 (5):559-593.
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    The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer.Chris Thornhill - 2004 - History of European Ideas 30 (4):512-513.
    This is the first comprehensive study in English of Bruno Bauer, a leading Hegelian philosopher of the 1840s. Inspired by the philosophy of Hegel, Bauer led an intellectual revolution that influenced Marx and shaped modern secular humanism. In the process he offered a republican alternative to liberalism and socialism, criticized religious and political conservatism and set out the terms for the development of modern mass and industrial society. Based on in-depth archival research this book traces the emergence of republican political (...)
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