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    The quarrel between populism and republicanism: Machiavelli and the antinomies of plebeian politics.Miguel Vatter - 2012 - Contemporary Political Theory 11 (3):242-263.
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    The Idea of Public Reason and the Reason of State.Miguel Vatter - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (2):239-271.
    Rawls and Schmitt are often discussed in the literature as if their conceptions of the political had nothing in common, or even referred to entirely different phenomena. In this essay, I show how these conceptions share a common space of reasons, traceable back to the idea of public reason and its development since the Middle Ages. By analysing the idea of public reason in Rawls and in Schmitt, as well as its relation to their theories of political representation, I show (...)
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    Biopolitics After Covid. Notes from the Crisis.Maurizio Meloni & Miguel Vatter - 2023 - Theory and Event 26 (2):368-392.
    In this essay we take stock of the shortcomings, successes, and promises of ‘biopolitics' to understand and frame global health crises such as COVID-19. We claim that rather than thinking in terms of a special relationship between Western modernity and biopolitics, it is better to look at a longer and more global histories of populations’ politics of life and health to situate present and future responses to ecological crises. Normatively, we argue for an affirmative biopolitics, that at once de-securitizes our (...)
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    Living law: Jewish political theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt.Miguel E. Vatter - 2021 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    In his 1935 treatise on divine sovereignty, the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber introduced the idea of an 'anarchic soul of theocracy.' A decade before, the German jurist Carl Schmitt had coined the term 'political theology' in order to designate the Christian theological foundations of modern sovereignty and legal order. In a specular and opposite gesture, Buber argued that the covenant at Sinai established YHWH as the King of the Israelites and simultaneously promulgated the principle that no human being could become (...)
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  5. In Odradek's World: Bare Life and Historical Materialism in Agamben and Benjamin.Miguel Vatter - 2008 - Diacritics 38 (3):45-70.
    This essay reconstructs Agamben’s theory of bare life as an example of an affirmative biopolitics, a politics of life that lies beyond sovereignty. The essay shows that his account of bare life constitutes a reworking of four central motifs found in Marx’s historical materialism: the facticity of alienated existence, the fetishism of commodities, the profanity of bourgeois society, and the nihilism of revolution. Agamben’s renewal of historical materialism explicitly turns on an innovative and controversial synthesis of Benjamin and Heidegger. This (...)
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    The Idea of Public Reason and the Reason of State.Miguel Vatter & Rogers M. Smith - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (2):239-271.
    Rawls and Schmitt are often discussed in the literature as if their conceptions of the political had nothing in common, or even referred to entirely different phenomena. In this essay, I show how these conceptions share a common space of reasons, traceable back to the idea of public reason and its development since the Middle Ages. By analysing the idea of public reason in Rawls and in Schmitt, as well as its relation to their theories of political representation, I show (...)
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    Machiavelli after Marx: The self-overcoming of Marxism in the late Althusser.Miguel E. Vatter - 2005 - Theory and Event 7 (4).
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    Biopolitics: From Surplus Value to Surplus Life.Miguel Vatter - 2009 - Theory and Event 12 (2).
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    Of asses and nymphs: Machiavelli, Platonic theology and Epicureanism in Florence.Miguel Vatter - 2019 - Intellectual History Review 29 (1):101-127.
    Is Machiavelli an Epicurean in his political and religious thought? Recent scholarship has identified him as the foremost representative of Epicureanism in Renaissance Florence. In particular, his incomplete epic poem, The Ass, is read as an expression of his adherence to Lucretian naturalism. This article offers a new reading of the poem and shows that its teaching reveals that Machiavelli is closer to a Platonic variant of classical naturalism linked with the idea of a natural virtue modelled on the lives (...)
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    Roman Civil Religion and the Question of Jewish Politics in Arendt.Miguel Vatter - 2018 - Philosophy Today 62 (2):573-606.
    This article discusses the question of how Arendt’s mature “neo-Roman” republican political theory relates to her early. It argues that her early reflections on the problem of Jewish politics in modernity already adopt one of the main pillars of her later republican political theory, i.e., the substitution of federalism for sovereignty. The article puts forth the hypothesis that Arendt’s republicanism takes up the idea that Romans and Jews, during their republican periods, both held a “civil” conception of religion. Arendt’s conception (...)
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    Roman Civil Religion and the Question of Jewish Politics in Arendt.Miguel Vatter - 2018 - Philosophy Today 62 (2):573-606.
    This article discusses the question of how Arendt’s mature “neo-Roman” republican political theory relates to her early. It argues that her early reflections on the problem of Jewish politics in modernity already adopt one of the main pillars of her later republican political theory, i.e., the substitution of federalism for sovereignty. The article puts forth the hypothesis that Arendt’s republicanism takes up the idea that Romans and Jews, during their republican periods, both held a “civil” conception of religion. Arendt’s conception (...)
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    The People Shall Be Judge.Miguel Vatter - 2011 - Political Theory 39 (6):749-776.
    This essay offers an interpretation of Kant's republicanism in light of the problem of political judgment. Kant is sometimes thought to base his conception of law on an idea of sovereignty drawn from Hobbes and Rousseau, which would leave little room for popular contestation of the state. In this essay, I reconstruct Kant's account of the rule of law by bringing out the importance of his theory of judgment. I argue that for Kant the civil condition is ultimately characterized by (...)
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    The Authority of Law and the Sovereignty of the State.Miguel Vatter - 2023 - Journal of Social and Political Philosophy 2 (2):215-218.
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    Political ontology, constituent power, and representation.Miguel Vatter - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18 (6):679-686.
  15. Politico-Theological Foundations of Universal Human Rights: The Case of Maritain.Miguel Vatter - 2013 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 80 (1):233-260.
     
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    Althusser et Machiavel.Miguel Vatter - 2003 - Multitudes 3 (3):151-163.
    After 1977 Althusser’s thought took an important « turn » away front Marxism-Leninism. The posthumously published writings from his late period constitute an extremely rich theoretical resource for post-Marxist thought. In them one can find a decisive refutation of the errors of Marxism-Leninism, which Althusser believes have two roots: the denigration and misunderstanding of the autonomy of the political, on the one hand, and the reliance on a metaphysical construction of historical becoming, on the other. In order to find the (...)
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    La politique comme guerre : Formule pour une démocratie radicale?Miguel Vatter - 2002 - Multitudes 2 (2):101-115.
    Since its inception, liberalism has thought of itself as being at sear with « war ». It has understood « war » as the greatest threat to a civil society whose essential end is the autonomy of individuals. Liberalism identifies two main sources of «war»: the first is orthodoxy, the second is democracy. Yet in modernity it is not unusual to find repeated alliances between these two, indicating perhaps that the « war » against which liberalism fights is not as (...)
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    A Companion to Continental Philosophy.Miguel E. Vatter - 1999 - International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (2):230-232.
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    Between form and event: Machiavelli's theory of political freedom.Miguel E. Vatter - 2014 - New York: Fordham University Press.
    pt. 1. The form of the state : on beginnings -- pt. 2. Machiavelli's theory of history : modes of encounter between action and time -- pt. 3. The event of the republic : the return to beginnings.
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    Crediting God: Sovereignty and Religion in the Age of Global Capitalism.Miguel Vatter (ed.) - 2022 - Fordham University Press.
    Tocqueville suggested that "the people reign in the American political world like God over the universe." This intuition anticipates the crisis in the secularization paradigm that has brought theology back as a fundamental part of sociological and political analysis. It has become more difficult to believe that humanity's progress necessarily leads to atheism, or that it is possible to translate all that is good about religion into reasonable terms acceptable in principle by all, believers as well as nonbelievers. And yet, (...)
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  21. Community, Life and Subjectivity in Italian Biopolitics.Miguel Vatter - 2016 - In Sergei Prozorov & Simona Rentea (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics. Routledge.
     
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    Comments on Gerald Postema, Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World.Miguel Vatter - 2017 - Jurisprudence 8 (3):596-603.
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    Cosmopolitan Political Theology in Cohen and Rosenzweig.Miguel Vatter - 2016 - Philosophy Today 60 (2):295-324.
    This article discusses the relation between Judaism and political theology in the work of Hermann Cohen and Franz Rosenzweig. Both Cohen and Rosenzweig give an interpretation of Judaism that prioritizes the messianic ideal while maintaining the priority of philosophy over religion. With respect to political theology, this article argues that Cohen and Rosenzweig criticize the priority assigned to the national state in modern politics in favour of a politics that is both cosmopolitan and republican, in so far as it makes (...)
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    Cosmopolitan Political Theology in Cohen and Rosenzweig.Miguel Vatter - 2016 - Philosophy Today 60 (2):295-324.
    This article discusses the relation between Judaism and political theology in the work of Hermann Cohen and Franz Rosenzweig. Both Cohen and Rosenzweig give an interpretation of Judaism that prioritizes the messianic ideal while maintaining the priority of philosophy over religion. With respect to political theology, this article argues that Cohen and Rosenzweig criticize the priority assigned to the national state in modern politics in favour of a politics that is both cosmopolitan and republican, in so far as it makes (...)
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  25. Diálogo argumentativo.Miguel Vatter & Carlos Pereda - 1999 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 79:7.
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    Dignity and Human Vulnerability: Colin Bird, Human Dignity and Political Criticism; Andrea Sangiovanni, Humanity without Dignity. Moral Equality, Respect, and Human Rights.Miguel Vatter - 2022 - Journal of Social and Political Philosophy 1 (2):234-247.
  27. El concepto de lo político y la razón pública en Schmitt y Rawls.Miguel Vatter - 2007 - In Rodolfo Arango Rivadeneira (ed.), Filosofía de la Democracia: Fundamentos Conceptuales. Ediciones Uniandes, Ceso. pp. 91--124.
     
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    From Bare Life to Eternal Life.Miguel Vatter - 2016 - Philosophy Today 60 (2):565-581.
    This response discusses the possibility of an affirmative biopolitics based on a materialist and atheist idea of eternal life in light of some of the challenges raised by the critiques of Morejón, Ricciardi, and Fenves. The first challenge concerns whether an affirmative biopolitics is at all possible given that biopolitics contains as an immanent possibility a racial politics that leads to a “necropolitics”. The second challenge concerns the political character of Italian theory, especially in Agamben, and its relation to communism (...)
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  29. Legality and resistance: Arendt and Negri on constituent power.Miguel Vatter - 2002 - Kairos (Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail. Faculté de philosophie) 20:191-230.
     
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    Luc Ferry’s Political Philosophy.Miguel E. Vatter - 1995 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (2):223-240.
    The multi-volume Political Philosophy is an ambitious attempt by Luc Ferry to re-establish the possibility of a normative theory of politics after the demise of the metaphysical politics associated with the various grand narratives of modernity. Polemically oriented against the “anti-humanism” of post-modernity, Ferry’s political philosophy delineates a new strategy for the Enlightenment project of universal emancipation by developing a “non-metaphysical humanism” that draws heavily on the thought of Kant and Fichte.
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  31. Machiavelli and the republican conception of providence.Miguel Vatter - 2015 - In Filippo Del Lucchese, Fabio Frosini & Vittorio Morfino (eds.), The radical Machiavelli: politics, philosophy and language. Brill.
     
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  32. Machiavelli, historical repetition, and French philosophies of difference.Miguel Vatter - 2005 - In Stephen H. Daniel (ed.), Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy. Northwestern University Press.
     
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    Married Life, Gay Life as a Work of Art, and Eternal Life: Toward a Biopolitical Reading of Benjamin.Miguel Vatter - 2011 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (4):309-335.
    When political rationality deployed itself on the terrain of the biological life of the human species with the purpose of making this life healthier, more capable, and more "worthy of being lived," it also postulated that some life could be potentiated only at the price of killing off other life. Foucault therefore introduces the idea of biopolitics together with that of thanatopolitics (1990, 137) .Since Foucault, one of the urgent questions has been how biopolitics turns into a thanatopolitics and under (...)
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    Machiavelli's the prince: a reader's guide.Miguel E. Vatter - 2013 - London: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Machiavelli's influence on modern politics and the importance of his thought for the development of modern political ideas has long been universally acknowledged. The Prince has become a key text in Philosophy and Political Theory, one that is widely read and studied. Machiavelli's most important work is a hugely exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing. In Machiavelli's 'The Prince': A Reader's Guide, Miguel Vatter offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. Setting Machiavelli's text in its (...)
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    Phenomenology in Kant’s Idealism.Miguel Vatter - 2000 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 22 (1):303-331.
    Pierre Kerszberg’s Critique and Totality is one of the boldest and most intriguing phenomenological readings of the Kantian critical project to date. The gambit of the book is that phenomenology can unlock the authentic sense of Kantian critique only on the condition that it, in turn, does not lose sight of the critical standpoint. The book is an invitation to consider phenomenology and idealism as compatible and mutually enabling doctrines, while it also lays bare, indirectly, the tensions between them. Since (...)
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    Teología antigua, profetología y religión civil en los Discursos de Maquiavelo.Miguel Vatter - 2021 - Ingenium. Revista Electrónica de Pensamiento Moderno y Metodología En Historia de Las Ideas 15:83-106.
    Hasta ahora gran parte de la literatura crítica sobre la cuestión de la religión en Maquiavelo ha limitado su atención a las religiones romana y cristiana, sin haber considerado la recepción italiana y florentina de otros monoteísmos no cristianos (ya sean semitas o paganos), la filosofía política medieval árabe y judía (es decir, la profetología), o el nuevo platonismo que fuera introducido en la Italia renacentista por la llamada «diáspora» de los filósofos bizantinos. Una vez que se tienen en cuenta (...)
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    Taking Exception to Liberalism.Miguel E. Vatter - 1997 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 19 (2-1):323-344.
    Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss are undoubtedly two of the most influential and radical conservative critics of liberalism of our century. Their work takes aim at the heart of liberalism: it questions the consistency of liberalism’s theologico-political ground, namely, the separation of church and state. They take exception to the neutrality of the liberal state with respect to matters of faith on the ground that such neutrality betrays a lack of absolute moral commitments and places liberalism in a chronic crisis (...)
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    Theocratic Legal Revolution and the Origins of Modern Secularism in Dante.Miguel Vatter - 2020 - Síntesis Revista de Filosofía 2 (2):26-48.
    This article discusses an anti-sovranist variant of political theology. Recent work on the sociology of modern constitutionalism has identified its source in the so-called Papal legal revolution that proclaimed the autonomy of the Church in relation to the Empire. The claim is that this legal revo-lution contributed to the “secularization” or de-sacralization of political power and established legali-ty as the principle of legitimacy. This paper critically discusses this genealogy of constitutionalism. It proposes an alternative route to modern secularism and constitutionalism (...)
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    The Necessary Angel.Miguel E. Vatter (ed.) - 1994 - State University of New York Press.
    Cacciari, academic and mayor of Venice as of 1993, surveys the history of angels in Judaic, Islamic, and Christian traditions; and how Dante, Rilke, Kafka, and other writers have used the metaphor of angels to speak about the phenomenology of language. Translated from the.
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    Review Essay. [REVIEW]Miguel E. Vatter - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (4):497-500.
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    Review of Claude Lefort, Le Temps Present. Écrits 1945-2005[REVIEW]Miguel Vatter - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (12).
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    Review of Todd may, The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière: Creating Equality[REVIEW]Miguel Vatter - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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    Vita della mente e tempo della polis. [REVIEW]Miguel E. Vatter - 1995 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 18 (1):283-286.
    In Vita della mente e tempo della polis, Simona Forti gives the most convincing account to date of Hannah Arendt's unique path into “post-metaphysical thinking” and shows why it remains one of the most radical “thought-experiments” of this century. Forti's approach to Arendt's thought is centered on the problem of the relation between philosophy and politics, theoria and praxis. Her main thesis is that Arendt identifies the fundamental motivation that is operative in metaphysics as the “occlusion” and “removal” of the (...)
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