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dc.contributor.authorRichter, Hannah
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-08T01:14:17Z
dc.date.available2019-11-08T01:14:17Z
dc.date.issued2016-07-15
dc.identifier.citationRichter , H 2016 , ' Beyond the ‘other’ as constitutive outside: The politics of immunity in Roberto Esposito and Niklas Luhmann ' , European Journal of Political Theory , pp. 1-22 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1474885116658391
dc.identifier.issn1474-8851
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 12171413
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 921e0e3a-4d67-4f58-9da2-3c21440c505c
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85059913491
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/21855
dc.description.abstractThis article re-conceptualises the ‘constitutive outside’ through Roberto Esposito’s theory of immunity to detach it from Laclau and Mouffe’s political antagonism. It identifies Esposito’s thought as an innovative epistemological perspective to dissolve post-ontological political theories of community from the intertwinement with a foundational self/other dialectic. Esposito shows how a community can sustain its relations through introversive immunisation against a primarily undefined outside. But it is argued that his theory of immunity slips back to a vitalist depth ontology which ultimately de-politicises the construction of the communal outside. This article draws on Niklas Luhmann’s immunity theory to resituate immunisation in the political production of social connectivity. Following Luhmann, politics relies on immunisation through contradictions to reproduce its functional role as a decision-making institution, but is at the same time constantly exposed to potential rupture through the political openness immunity introduces. Through Esposito and Luhmann, this article identifies the relationship between a social inside and its outside as open-ended and secondary to an introversive process of socio-political self-differentiation. It can involve, but does epistemologically necessitate, the construction of an external otheren
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Political Theory
dc.subjectImmunity
dc.subjectEsposito
dc.subjectLuhmann
dc.subjectConstitutive Outside
dc.subjectSocial Sciences(all)
dc.titleBeyond the ‘other’ as constitutive outside: : The politics of immunity in Roberto Esposito and Niklas Luhmannen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.date.embargoedUntil2017-07-15
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rioxxterms.versionofrecordhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1474885116658391
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review


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