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Law: Prologue to Revolution: Mariano Moreno Translates Rousseau

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The chapter examines Mariano Moreno’s writings in the Gazeta de Buenos-Ayres on law and sovereignty during the Spanish monarchy’s constitutional crisis. It traces Moreno’s Rousseauan preoccupation with the enlightened legislator back to Scholasticism. Sharman uses deconstruction to place under erasure the critical Scholastic distinction between the origins and the exercise of sovereignty essential to Moreno’s deliberations on the Buenos Aires Junta’s anticolonial transfer of power. He identifies the importance of faith and time to the concept and practice of sovereignty and challenges idealised visions of an alternative Hispanic tradition of divisible sovereignty. The chapter draws upon Derrida’s work on law and force and his seminars on the theological quality of all sovereignty, of which the revolutionary legislator is merely a hyperbolic example.

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  1. 1.Department of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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