Signe Larsen

Signe Larsen (1987) holds her B.A. in Philosophy from University of Copenhagen (2011). She is currently an M.A. student in Politics at The New School for Social Research in New York. Her main interest lies within political theory and philosophy of law.

Agamben: The Messianic Kingdom

Key Concept In “The Messiah and the Sovereign: The Problem of Law in Walter Benjamin,” Agamben explicitly addresses the difference between the state of exception in which we are living where the law is in force, but does not signify anything, and the real state of exception that somehow has the “potentiality” to overcome the…

Federation: Notes on the thought of Carl Schmitt

Key Concept One of the most thorough and interesting discussions of the relationship between federalism, constitutionalism and democracy is presented by Carl Schmitt in Constitutional Theory (Duke University Press, 2008). A federation of states, or just a federation, is according to Schmitt a curious and structurally contradictory interstate relation, which has to be distinguished from,…

Parrēsia: Notes on the Thought of Michel Foucault

Key ConceptIn the last two lecture series Foucault gave at the Collège de France in 1982-1984, published under the titles The Government of Self and Others and The Courage of Truth, a genealogy of the obscure concept parrēsia – “truth-telling”(dire-vrai) or “free-spokeness”(franc-parler) – is unfolded. Parrēsia was, according to Foucault, one of the core principles of…

Notes on the Thought of Walter Benjamin: Critique of Violence

Key Concept “Critique of Violence” (Zur Kritik der Gewalt)1 is notorious for its obscurity, which, at least partly, is due to the impossibility of translating several of the key terms used by Benjamin into English. The immediate encapsulation of the task of a critique of violence conveyed in the German title and the first couple…