The An-Archic Nomos of the Nomads: Preliminary Thoughts on the Relationship Between Law and Anarchy

Marneros, Christos (2021) The An-Archic Nomos of the Nomads: Preliminary Thoughts on the Relationship Between Law and Anarchy. Critical Legal Thinking.

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Abstract

The relationship between law and anarchy tends to be characterised, to say the least, as an uncomfortable one. Taking, usually, a purely negative approach toward law, anarchist thought — in all its heterogeneous tendencies — is, usually, characterised by a total opposition to law, which tends to be understood as an irrational, immoral and oppressive ‘tool’ of the state apparatus that promotes the interests of the government against, and not for, its subjects.

In this brief piece, I aim to offer some preliminary thoughts on how we can think anew about the relationship between law and anarchy. In order to do so, I examine and expand on the late French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze’s notions of the institution (Section I) and the nomos of the nomads (Section II). As I argue, these two notions, perhaps, have something interesting to offer to an ethos that tries to live immanently and do politics in an an-anarchic way, beyond the dogmatism of law and rights at least in their transcendent modality, pointing towards a non-juridical way of thinking, what I shall call an an-archic nomos [νόμος] of the nomads.

Keywords:Law, Institutions, Nomads
Subjects:L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
L Social studies > L218 Anarchism
M Law > M240 Jurisprudence
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
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Deposited On:21 Apr 2022 14:47

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