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Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
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Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

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Modern Tempo—Democratic Overture, State Finale

Modern Tempo—Democratic Overture, State Finale

(p.87) Modern Tempo—Democratic Overture, State Finale
Binding Violence
Stanford University Press

This chapter draws conclusions about Antigone's political lessons for modernity. It briefly traces modern solutions for membership in the form of consensual contracts that dislodge violence, rendering it the province of nature or uncivilized barbarism. The 1789 “re-invention of politics,” in Sade's times, enacts a vast crisis of membership that interrogates consensual visions of society and makes imperative the task of imagining, as the ancients had, a society of equals—this time within the horizon of universal equality.

Keywords:   Antigone, membership, consensual contracts, violence, Sade, universal equality

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