Political Theology

Political Theology : Demystifying the Universal

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This book provides a genealogical mapping of the universalisation/secularisation thesis that is both widely saluted and mistrusted as master narrative of modern political and normative history. While accepting that foundational issues of religions weigh heavier than political philosophy's aspirations, the authors question the outdated suggestions of Carl Schmitt's political theology, building instead upon a refined version of Giorgio Agamben's close-reading of Christian government as management. The book identifies Western-Christian tensions within jurisprudence and concludes that the West's secular universality is passing off as politics or law what is really the management of its own dwindling primacy.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748697772
  • 9780748697779
  • 2,770,215

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[SERIES BLURB] Can secularisation in the legal and political domains settle modernity's scores with religion? This book provides a genealogical mapping of the universalization/secularization thesis that is both widely saluted and mistrusted as master narrative of modern political and normative history. While accepting that foundational issues of religions weigh heavier than political philosophy's aspirations, the authors question the outdated suggestions of Carl Schmitt's political theology, building instead upon a refined version of Giorgio Agamben's close-reading of Christian government as management. The book identifies Western-Christian tensions within jurisprudence and concludes that the West's secular universality is passing off as politics or law what is really the management of its own dwindling primacy. Marinos Diamantides is Reader in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. His research lies at the intersection of public law and social and political theories, philosophy, anthropology and ethics. His publications include The Ethics of Suffering: Modern Law, Philosophy and Medicine (2000), Levinas, Law, Politics (2007) and Islam, Law and Identity (2011). Anton Schütz is Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. He is director of the London-based research centre dealing with political theology (CRIPT). He has published many articles and edited collections on the comparative genealogy of norms and anti-normative movements in Western-Christian history.
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Table of contents

Introduction: Premises and Arguments; Part 1: Religions R Us; 1. From Sovereignty to Negeschatology; 2. Social Systems on the Cross; 3. The Religion of Progress; 4. Political Theology beyond Schmitt; Part 2: Historicised Political Theology; 5. From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople; 6. The Transition from Secularism to Post-Secularism; 7. Deeds Without Words; Notes, Index.
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Review quote

Diamantides and Schütz describe how Western Christian theology has led to a collective sense that has 'little or no relation to reality'. The violence of this system comes from the way that it insists that what it is promoting is real when it is not. For this reason, evoking an alternative sense of reality is no small accomplishment and that is precisely what this book does. If you want a happy ending, read a different book. If you want a brave and insightful glimpse of the way the modern world is continually shaped and reshaped by hidden theologies, then this is the book for you.

--James Martel, San Francisco State University "Law, Culture and the Humanities "
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About Marinos Diamantides

Marinos Diamantides is Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Ethics of Suffering (Ashgate, 2000) and the editor of Islam, Law and Identity (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011) and Law, Levinas, Politics Routledge-Cavendish, 2009). Anton Schutz is a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is editor of Law, Text, Terror with Peter Goodrich and Lior Barshak, (Routledge-Cavendish, 2006) and a contributing author to many works on legal theory including: The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
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