Ex Nihilo in Mundum : A Reply to Paipais

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Prozorov , S 2016 , ' Ex Nihilo in Mundum : A Reply to Paipais ' , Millennium : journal of international studies. , vol. 45 , no. 1 , pp. 72-79 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829816630080

Title: Ex Nihilo in Mundum : A Reply to Paipais
Author: Prozorov, Sergei
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2016-03-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Millennium : journal of international studies.
ISSN: 0305-8298
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233455
Abstract: In this reply to Vassilios Paipais’s review of my Void Universalism books I focus on two main points of my disagreement with Paipais. The first concerns the possibility of deriving universalist axioms of world politics from the ontology of the void discussed in the first volume, Ontology and World Politics. While Paipais rejects such a possibility and posits a contentless ontology of the political, I argue that it is possible to derive from void ontology the political axioms of community, equality and freedom understood as attributes of indiscernible ‘whatever being’. The second pertains to the limitations on the world-political subject addressed in the second volume, Theory of the Political Subject. While Paipais is entirely correct in arguing that my notion of political subjectivity combines purism on the level of content with prudentialism with regard to form, I demonstrate that this combination is not a contradiction but is rather the precondition of politics as free praxis, whereby the politicisation of particular worlds in accordance with universal axioms always remains up to the subject.
Subject: 517 Political science
universalism
ontology
world politics
subjectivity
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