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A conservative denial of the concepts of state exception and sovereignty during the 1940´s (Paulo Merêa)


This article focuses on the relationship between legal culture and religious culture in terms of the debates on the state of exception, sovereignity and civil rights. The process of subjectification resulting from religious culture’s long-term cultural continuities and their effects on juridical concepts of state, civil power and human rights are interpreted by means of the debate remarks of Paulo Merêa on Carl Schmitt’ s writings (1940s). Methodologically, we place our analytical practice in the field of studies of social history of ideas, and in the process of circulation of ideas and transnational cultural appropriation between political culture and religion. 


Paulo Merêa, Carl Schmitt, state of exception, sovereignty, political sentiments, legal culture, religious culture