Onus Orbis Terrarum: About a Possible Shift in the Definition of Sovereignty
Publications – Article/chapter
Bruno Latour. Onus Orbis Terrarum: About a Possible Shift in the Definition of Sovereignty. Millennium, SAGE Publications, 2016, 44 (3), pp.305-320. https://hal-sciencespo.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03571086 ⤤
Starting with an insight from Peter Sloterdijk about the enduring notion of Empire in the European idea of sovereignty, this article explores a problem common to the discipline of International Relations, and more generally, geopolitics as well as social theory: the very origin of the notion of an entity endowed with some sort of autonomy over a territory. It is argued that the notion of a bounded entity triggers many artifacts that explains, in part, the failure and denial of world politics, especially over the question of climate change.