"The first-person plural - 'we, ourselves' - is the hallmark of a democracy under the rule of law in the modern age. Exploring the roots of this 'rule of recognition', Bert van Roermund offers an in-depth reading of Rousseau's work, focusing on its most fundamental leitmotif: the sovereignty of the people. Providing an innovative understanding of Rousseau's politico-legal philosophy, this book illustrates the legal significance of plural agency and what it means for a people to act together: What do people share when using the word 'we'? What makes a people's actions political? And what exactly is 'bodily' about their joint commitment? Testing these ideas in three controversial modern debates - bio-technology, immigrant rights and populism - Van Roermund offers a critical assessment of 'political theology' in contemporary legal environments and establishes a new interpretation of joint action as bodily entrenched. Incisive and cutting-edge, this book is crucial reading for scholars of jurisprudence and legal and political philosophy, particularly those with a focus on Rousseauian theory. Students of jurisprudence and constitutional theory will also benefit from its philosophical and political insights, as well as its discussions of pressing real-world issues"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: Roots: re-reading rousseau 1. An inconvenient legacy 2. Meeting the challenges Part II: Concepts: We as a body politic 3. First person plural legislature 4. Joint law making: From reference to action 5. A first person plural body? Part III: Topics: First persons plural in the flesh 6. The embryo as first person plural concept in EU law 7. Migrants, humans and human rights: Freedom of movement in a first person plural key 8. The half truth of contemporary populism: Keeping a false 'we' at bay Bibliography Index.
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