Dominus Mundi: Political Sublime and the World Order

Pier Giuseppe Monateri

SÉMINAIRE PILAGG

Professor Pier Giuseppe Monateri
Professor of Law at the University of Torino

This monograph makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the importance of Roman law in the development of political thought in Europe. In particular it examines the expression ‘dominus mundi’, following it through the texts of the medieval jurists – the Glossators and Post-Glossators – up to the political thought of Hobbes. Understanding the concept of dominus mundi sheds light on how medieval jurists understood ownership of individual things; it is more complex than it might seem; and this book investigates these complexities. The book also o ers important new insights into Thomas Hobbes, especially with regard to the end of dominus mundi and the replacement by Leviathan. Finally, the book has important relevance for contemporary political theory. With fading of political diversity Monateri argues “that the actual setting of globalisation represents the reappearance of the Ghost of the Dominus Mundi, a political refoulé – repressed – a reappearance of its sublime nature, and a struggle to restore its universal legitimacy, and take its place.” In making this argument, the book adds an important original vision to current debates in legal and political philosophy.

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Event details
Date: 
Vendredi, 19 Octobre, 2018 - 12:30 - 14:30
Lieu: 
Sciences Po Law School, 13 rue de l’université, 75007 Paris, Room 410T
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