Beyond victimization: on the lasting relevance of political sacrifice

Goldoni, M. (2023) Beyond victimization: on the lasting relevance of political sacrifice. German Law Journal, 24(4), pp. 646-656. (doi: 10.1017/glj.2023.39)

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The article thematizes the relevance of Paul Kahn’s conception of political sacrifice for contemporary constitutional studies. Kahn’s approach to political sacrifice is compared with another extremely influential theory of sacrifice, René Girard’s theory of sacrifice. The main aim is to show why Kahn’s view of sacrifice in constitutional orders escapes the logic of victimization that affects Girard’s seminal work, and it provides a better understanding of a political conception of modern constitutional orders. In the final section, the article shows that although Kahn’s version of political sacrifice is seen as the embodiment of the principle of sovereignty, it can be expanded beyond it.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Goldoni, Professor Marco
Authors: Goldoni, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:German Law Journal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):2071-8322
Published Online:26 June 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Author
First Published:First published in German Law Journal 24(4):646-656
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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