“Sovereignty and the UFO”

Alexander Wendt of Ohio State University and Raymond Duvall of the University of Minnesota, both political scientists, published a scholarly article on UFOs and sovereignty in 2008 in the Journal of Political Theory. Their thesis focused on humanity’s anthropocentrism and its inability to view itself as anything but primary in importance. They argued that this perspective would have to change to enable a real investigation into the UFO phenomenon.

The piece, which cites the work of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, states that “Modern sovereignty is anthropocentric, constituted and organized by reference to human beings alone. Although a metaphysical assumption, anthropocentrism” enables “modern states to command loyalty and resources from their subjects in pursuit of political projects. It has limits, however, which are brought clearly into view by the authoritative taboo on taking UFOs seriously.”

The full document, “Sovereignty and the UFO,” is here.


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