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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Politikos mokslai / Politic sciences (S002)
Author(s): Kalpokas, Ignas
Title: Wielding the spiritual sword again: some considerations on neo-medievalism in modern international order
Is part of: Journal of international political theory. London : Sage, 2015, Vol. 11, iss. 3
Extent: p. 296-312
Date: 2016
Note: eISSN: 1755-1722
Keywords: Humanitarian intervention;Human rights;Political theology;Sovereignty
Abstract: This article traces the paradoxes within the modern international system, which is guided by liberal norms and values, in particular pertaining to human rights. This system is seen here as being ruled by an empty norm: power is present, but it is disembodied. Therefore, the entire international order is open to uses and abuses by the most powerful actors in the international sphere, especially the power states. Furthermore, when combined with the fact that the modern world has been completely appropriated by humanity as a universal integrated whole, whoever falls outside the dominant normative structure is, in effect, no longer even part of humanity. To analyse the means and effects of such tension between the universal and the particular, this article draws analogies with the medieval struggle between the secular and the religious authorities. It is argued that currently one can observe a return of the Respublica Christiana in the form of a rights-centred ‘international community’. And yet, contrary to earlier scholarly attempts to draw analogies with the Middle Ages, this return is seen here as a dangerous employment of political theology
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