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By Andrew W. Neal

This e-book is an research and critique of the innovations of ‘exception’ and ‘exceptionalism’ within the context of the politics of liberty and protection within the so-called ‘War on Terror’. because the destruction of the realm exchange Centre on September eleventh 2001, a outstanding transformation has happened in political discourse and perform. Politicians and commentators have often made the argument that the principles of the sport have replaced, that this can be a new type of warfare, and that unheard of instances require extraordinary measures. below this discourse of exceptionalism, an array of measures were positioned into perform, equivalent to detention with no trial, ‘extraordinary rendition’, derogations from human rights legislations, sanction or connivance in torture, the curtailment of civil liberties, and competitive struggle opposed to foreign legislations. Situating exceptionalism in the post-9/11 controversy concerning the dating among liberty and protection, this booklet argues that the matter of exceptionalism emerges from the boundaries and paradoxes of liberal democracy itself. it's a statement and critique of either modern practices of exceptionalism and the severe debate that has shaped in reaction. via an in depth evaluate of the most important theoretical contributions to the controversy, this booklet develops exceptionalism as a severe device. It additionally engages with the matter of exceptionalism as a discursive declare, as a method, as an idea, as a theoretical challenge and as a convention. this can be the 1st ebook to catch the significance of the exceptionalism debate in one quantity, and should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious defense experiences, political philosophy, IR conception and sociology.

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Hence the European Union Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights stresses the need for a proper definition of terrorism so that proper decisions can be made about when to deploy ‘exceptional’ anti-terrorism measures. It seems that the entirety of the civil liberties discourse in the US seeks to confront challenges to liberty by reasserting the inalienable truth of the rights enshrined in the US Constitution. The tendency of these responses is to attempt to rein exceptional practices back in to the established framework of normality and legality.

This enables him to draw radical new conclusions about human life, which are at the same time radical new conclusions about political life. Through this account of metaphysics and human life, Hobbes establishes principles of necessity that authorize and delimit a realm of qualified liberty. As such, he posits an account of how one can be free under specifically modern determinations – a specifically modern account of what it must mean to be free. In the first ten chapters of Leviathan Hobbes systematically assembles the principles of a new metaphysics which is effectively informed by Galileo.

If Schmitt is wrong, it does not appear possible to prove him so from within the contradictions of the dominant liberal discourse. 65 26 The liberty/security discourse and the problem of the exception Commentaries on the sovereignty of the individual, manifested in ‘inalienable’ or ‘fundamental’ rights and liberties, allow us little, if any, critical purchase on the problem of sovereign exceptionalism and even hinder us in that critical task. On top of the empirical problem of ‘exceptional’ practices, our dominant ways of thinking about politics compound our political predicament by hindering our ability to comprehend and perhaps resist these developments.

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