‘Mr Hinsley displays a rare mastery in weaving together the separate strands of the evolution of political ideas and of political organisation learned, stimulated, . Making sense of sovereignty. Ian Clark. Alan James, Sovereign Statehood: The Basis of International Society, London: Allen and Unwin, F. H. Hinsley. Sovereignty has 5 ratings and 1 review. Professor Hinsley’s book, first published in , offers a general survey of the history of the theory of sovere.

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It is indeed a mark of the resilience and flexibility of the sovereign state that it has accommodated such diverse sorts of authority. Territoriality is now deeply taken for granted. Com added it Mar 22, Indeed, the two prominently rose together in the thought of Thomas Hobbes. Sign in to use this feature.

International relations theorists have indeed pointed out the similarity between sovereignty and another institution in which lines demarcate land — private property. Paperbackpages. The Rise of the Sovereign State: Bridging the Human Rights—Sovereignty Divide: Theorizing Sovereignty and European Integration.

The episodes have involved the approval of military operations to remedy an injustice within the boundaries of a state or the outside administration of domestic matters like police operations. This concept was sovereignty. It specifies that their membership derives from their residence within borders. The States System of Europe,Oxford: Mayra marked it as to-read Nov 30, Europe in the Seventeenth CenturyLondon: Whereas the king’s natural, mortal body would pass away with his death, he was also thought to have an enduring, supernatural one that could not be destroyed, even by assassination, for it represented the mystical dignity and justice of the body politic.

In constitutional government, it is the people ruling through a body of law that is sovereign. The history of sovereignty can be understood through two broad movements, manifested in both practical institutions and political thought.


Sovereignty as a Political-Philosophical Category of Modernity. It is within a geographic territory that modern sovereigns are supremely authoritative. Leaders of the church would perform spiritual duties; princes, kings and magistrates would perform temporal ones.

The holder of sovereignty is superior to all authorities under its purview. Like Jouvenel, Maritain rues the exaltation of the sovereign’s will such that what is just is what serves his interest.


A Definition of Sovereignty 2. It is in fact the instances of which philosophers and the politically motivated have spoken most often, making their claim for the sovereignty of this person or that body of law.

In a series of several episodes beginning inthe United Nations or another international organization has endorsed a political action, usually involving military force, that the broad consensus of states would have previously regarded as illegitimate interference in internal affairs. His theology of the Reformation advocated stripping the Catholic Church of its many powers, not only its ecclesiastical powers, but powers that are, by any modern definition, temporal.

The concept continues to prevail as the presumption of political rule hinsldy states throughout the globe today, including ones where the sovereign body of law institutes limited government and civil rights for individuals.

Manifold contests over the settlement’s provisions resulted in constant wars, culminating finally in the Thirty Years War, which did not end untilat the Peace of Westphalia. The Evolution of An IdeaCambridge: Though a catalog of these authorities is not possible here, three dimensions along which they may be understood will help to categorize them: Responsibility to Protect has garnered wide international attention and serves as a manifesto for sovereitnty concept of sovereignty that is non-absolute and conditional upon outside obligations.

Sovereignty (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Majdi Issa added it May 15, Supremacy, too, is endemic to modernity. Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-DeterminationOxford: Later thinkers differed, coming to envision new loci for sovereignty, but remaining committed to the principle. A final ingredient of sovereignty is territoriality, also a feature of political authority in modernity. Kantorowicz then describes the emergence, in the late Middle Ages, of the concept of the king’s hinaley bodies, vivified in Shakespeare’s Richard II and applicable to the sovereignfy modern body politic.


European integration began inwhen six states formed the European Coal and Steel Community in the Treaty of Paris. Their thought is not entirely new, for even in early modern times, philosophers like Hugo Grotius, Alberico Gentili, and Francisco Suarez, though they accepted the state as a legitimate institution, thought that its authority ought to be limited, not absolute.

A Definition of Sovereignty In his classic, The King’s Two Bodiesmedievalist Ernst Kantorowicz describes a profound transformation in sovereignfy concept of political authority over the course of the Middle Ages.

Secretary General Kofi Annan. Only a practice of human rights backed up by military enforcement or robust judicial procedures would circumscribe sovereignty in a serious way. The rise and global expansion of sovereignty, described and even lauded by political philosophers, amounts to one of the most formidable and successful political trends in modern times. As suggested, diverse authorities have held sovereignty — kings, dictators, peoples ruling through constitutions, and the like.

It is my contention that political philosophy must get rid of the word, as well as the concept, of Sovereignty: Significantly, external sovereignty depends on recognition by outsiders.