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Constitutional Beginnings and Founding Violence: _x000d_Or How Does the Politics of Founding Matter?

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This paper explores the ways in which political foundings matter for democratic theory. In the first part, I engage with the "normative" and "decisionist" notions of founding offered by Habermas and Derrida, respectively. While for Habermas the act of foundation marks a "constitutional beginning", for Derrida it is a manifestation of "originary violence". I suggest that both approaches are unsatisfactory. Contra Habermas, I argue that democratic theory should not ignore the dark side of political foundings, such as historical injustices and the construction of hegemonic identities. Yet, contra Derrida, I do not take founding violence as an indication of a profound paradox inherent in the normative grounds of democracy. In the second part, I develop an alternative approach that unfolds the impact of founding on political culture. On this reading, political foundings produce persistent patterns of inclusion and exclusion, identity and difference, remembrance and forgetting, all of which are woven into the very fabric of the political community, lingering in its institutions, practices and self-understanding. My thesis is that the legacies of founding, for better or worse, have a strong influence on the course of democratic politics.
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Tekin, Serdar. "Constitutional Beginnings and Founding Violence: _x000d_Or How Does the Politics of Founding Matter?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362351_index.html>

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Tekin, S. "Constitutional Beginnings and Founding Violence: _x000d_Or How Does the Politics of Founding Matter?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p362351_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores the ways in which political foundings matter for democratic theory. In the first part, I engage with the "normative" and "decisionist" notions of founding offered by Habermas and Derrida, respectively. While for Habermas the act of foundation marks a "constitutional beginning", for Derrida it is a manifestation of "originary violence". I suggest that both approaches are unsatisfactory. Contra Habermas, I argue that democratic theory should not ignore the dark side of political foundings, such as historical injustices and the construction of hegemonic identities. Yet, contra Derrida, I do not take founding violence as an indication of a profound paradox inherent in the normative grounds of democracy. In the second part, I develop an alternative approach that unfolds the impact of founding on political culture. On this reading, political foundings produce persistent patterns of inclusion and exclusion, identity and difference, remembrance and forgetting, all of which are woven into the very fabric of the political community, lingering in its institutions, practices and self-understanding. My thesis is that the legacies of founding, for better or worse, have a strong influence on the course of democratic politics.


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