Professor of Law, Cardiff University
Jan Patočka Visiting Fellow
(March – April 2019)
Justice in Daimonion: On the Ethics of Dissent, Systems Theory and Political Existentialism
Using the autopoietic social systems theory, it is possible to identify distinctions in social systems, such as government/opposition in the political system, profit/loss in the economic system and legality/illegality in the system of positive law. A dissident is neither a physicist of power granting the political system’s functionality, nor a metaphysician of power leading ideological disputes about the system’s legitimacy. S/he is a microphysicist of power provoking the system to react and disclose its practices of disciplinization and subjugation in their extremities, thereby delegitimizing itself.