Urgent history: the sovereignty debates and political theory's lost voices

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Morefield, Jeanne. (2017). Urgent history: the sovereignty debates and political theory's lost voices. Political Theory. 45(2), pp. 164 - 191. https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591715595679
AuthorsMorefield, Jeanne
Abstract

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 forgotten by today’s political theorists argued loudly about the future of state sovereignty. It next focuses on a 1916 exchange of essays entitled “The Nature of the State in View of Its External Relations” by Delisle Burns, Bertrand Russell, and G.D.H. Cole, as an example of some of the most innovative and radical ideas to emerge from the period. The article concludes by arguing that re-engaging the work of these forgotten thinkers can broaden our conceptual horizons about sovereignty, speak to some of the most urgent issues of our time, and force open the concept of “the political” to radical reinterpretation.

Year2017
JournalPolitical Theory
Journal citation45 (2), pp. 164 - 191
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN0090-5917
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0090591715595679
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85015675779
Page range164 - 191
Research GroupInstitute for Social Justice
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Place of publicationUnited States
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