Independència i autonomia. Una teoria històrica de la modernitat
2017, 328 pp
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This book recovers an alternative interpretation of the modern times historically rebuilding the concept of autonomy as an opposite to the political theories that are based on the notion of ‘sovereignty’. On one hand, it criticises the narrative that justifies the current hegemony of the liberal conception of ‘autonomy’ found in the base of globalisation and which makes impossible any notion of collective subjectivity. On the other hand, it claims the content in which the concept of ‘autonomy’ appeared in the modern times. The book interprets a series of historic events understood as the origin of the modern world, like a story about domination where the globalisation is an ulterior step in modernity and proposes a connexion between this vision of modernity and imperialism. Moreover, in contrast to the standard vision which explains the emergence of autonomy during the Illustration, it shows that the notion of ‘autonomy’ is constituent of the modernity, after having appeared for the first time in Classic Greece, in the so-called ‘era of discoveries’ in the 16th century and inside the frame of protestant reform in the Roman Empire. The concept was coined to define a type of politics of the collective subjectivities which opposed to the imperial domination (justified with the concept of ‘sovereignty’. Therefore, the book does a criticism of the present that shows the necessity of a collective plurality of subjectivities to define the autonomy and oppose to the forms of domination that the theory of the politics of contract perpetuates through legitimization.
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