Modernity and the Political Formations of Death
This chapter maps a “road to abolition” of the death penalty that follows the trajectory of modern political formation. It first examines the telos of the “road to abolition” and how self-styled “modern” political formations both sustain and counter the death penalty. It begins by considering three orientations of political formation and antinomy in some of the recent literature on capital punishment: exceptionalism, sovereignty, and death. It then brings such orientations together in an account of the political formation of modernity and goes on to discuss two opposing possibilities at the end of the “road to abolition”: an adoption of “hyperdeterminacy” and the resulting assumption of “a confident competence to deal death,” and the acceptance of “responsiveness to life that is imperative for our being-together in modernity.” It argues that modern political formation and the death penalty are incompatible, and that the latter must be excluded from state practices.
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