Raffaele Laudani

Sea and Land. Notes on the spatial foundations of modern sovereignty

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Keywords: Sovereignty; Space; Land; Sea.

This essay re-considers key aspects of Carl Schmitt's spatial interpretation of modern political order, emancipating Schmitt's spatial categories of «land» and «sea» from their original eurocentrism. Through the reading of selected pages from Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan", John Locke's "Second Treatise of Government", and Thomas Paine's "Common Sense", the author describes modern theory of sovereignty as a process of «reterritorialization» of the natural and turbulent movement of politics.

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