The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government

The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government

by Giorgio Agamben
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804760160

ISBN-13: 9780804760164

Pub. Date: 09/13/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Why has power in the West assumed the form of an "economy," that is, of a government of men and things? If power is essentially government, why does it need glory, that is, the ceremonial and liturgical apparatus that has always accompanied it?

In the early centuries of the Church, in order to reconcile monotheism with God's threefold nature, the doctrine of

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Why has power in the West assumed the form of an "economy," that is, of a government of men and things? If power is essentially government, why does it need glory, that is, the ceremonial and liturgical apparatus that has always accompanied it?

In the early centuries of the Church, in order to reconcile monotheism with God's threefold nature, the doctrine of Trinity was introduced in the guise of an economy of divine life. It was as if the Trinity amounted to nothing more than a problem of managing and governing the heavenly house and the world. Agamben shows that, when combined with the idea of providence, this theological-economic paradigm unexpectedly lies at the origin of many of the most important categories of modern politics, from the democratic theory of the division of powers to the strategic doctrine of collateral damage, from the invisible hand of Smith's liberalism to ideas of order and security.

But the greatest novelty to emerge from The Kingdom and the Glory is that modern power is not only government but also glory, and that the ceremonial, liturgical, and acclamatory aspects that we have regarded as vestiges of the past actually constitute the basis of Western power. Through a fascinating analysis of liturgical acclamations and ceremonial symbols of power—the throne, the crown, purple cloth, the Fasces, and more—Agamben develops an original genealogy that illuminates the startling function of consent and of the media in modern democracies. With this book, the work begun with Homo Sacer reaches a decisive point, profoundly challenging and renewing our vision of politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804760164
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,165,028
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Translator's Note....................ix
Preface....................xi
§ 1 The Two Paradigms....................1
Threshold....................15
§ 2 The Mystery of the Economy....................17
Threshold....................50
§ 3 Being and Acting....................53
Threshold....................65
§ 4 The Kingdom and the Government....................68
Threshold....................106
§ 5 The Providential Machine....................109
Threshold....................139
§ 6 Angelology and Bureaucracy....................144
Threshold....................165
§ 7 The Power and the Glory....................167
Threshold....................194
§ 8 The Archaeology of Glory....................197
Threshold....................253
Appendix: The Economy of the Moderns....................261
1 The Law and the Miracle....................261
2 The Invisible Hand....................277
Notes....................289
References....................291

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