Hans Kelsen's God and the State: The Theory of Law as Methodological Anarchism

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This article situates Hans Kelsen's essay, God and the State, against the horizon of Bakunin's God and the State. This enables Kelsen's methodology to be revealed as a circumscription of Feuerbach's Left Hegelianism and its further radicalization in Bakunin. Kelsen's separation of law from any foundation other than in law itself prefigures the question of the relationship between law and life in contemporary Italian theoretical work on the notion of biopolitics. In place of a simple reversal of Kelsen's methodological procedure, the question should centre upon distinguishing law from life without repeating the opposition between the materiality of life and the abstraction of law prefigured in Kelsen's text.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-168
JournalSoft Power
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2014

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