Theology and the Political: The New Debate, sic v

Theology and the Political: The New Debate, sic v

by Creston Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822334720

ISBN-13: 9780822334729

Pub. Date: 06/17/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The essays in Theology and the Political—written by some of the world’s foremost theologians, philosophers, and literary critics—analyze the ethics and consequences of human action. They explore the spiritual dimensions of ontology, considering the relationship between ontology and the political in light of the thought of figures ranging

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The essays in Theology and the Political—written by some of the world’s foremost theologians, philosophers, and literary critics—analyze the ethics and consequences of human action. They explore the spiritual dimensions of ontology, considering the relationship between ontology and the political in light of the thought of figures ranging from Plato to Marx, Levinas to Derrida, and Augustine to Lacan. Together, the contributors challenge the belief that meaningful action is simply the successful assertion of will, that politics is ultimately reducible to “might makes right.” From a variety of perspectives, they suggest that grounding human action and politics in materialist critique offers revolutionary possibilities that transcend the nihilism inherent in both contemporary liberal democratic theory and neoconservative ideology.

Contributors. Anthony Baker, Daniel M. Bell Jr., Phillip Blond, Simon Critchley, Conor Cunningham, Creston Davis, William Desmond, Hent de Vries, Terry Eagleton, Rocco Gangle, Philip Goodchild, Karl Hefty, Eleanor Kaufman, Tom McCarthy, John Milbank, Antonio Negri, Catherine Pickstock, Patrick Aaron Riches, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Regina Mara Schwartz, Kenneth Surin, Graham Ward, Rowan Williams, Slavoj Zizek

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ISBN-13:
9780822334729
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/17/2005
Series:
[sic] Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Tragedy and revolution7
Metanoia : the theological praxis of revolution22
The "thrilling romance of orthodoxy"52
Nothing is, something must be : Lacan and creation from no one72
Revelation and revolution102
Capital and kingdom : an eschatological ontology127
Neither servility nor sovereignty : between metaphysics and politics153
Of chrematology : Joyce and money183
Only Jesus saves : toward a theopolitical ontology of judgment200
The political subject and absolute immanence231
Rewriting the ontological script of liberation : on the question of finding a new kind of political subject240
Ecclesia : the art of the virtual267
The univocalist mode of production281
The commodification of religion, or the consummation of capitalism327
The unbearable withness of being : on the essentialist blind spot of anti-ontotheology340
"To cut too deeply and not enough" : violence and the incorporeal350
The two sources of the "theological machine" : Jacques Derrida and Henri Bergson on religion, technicity, war, and terror366
Materialism and transcendence393
Truth and peace : theology and the body politic in Augustine and Hobbes427
The politics of the eye : toward a theological materialism439

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