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Time of exception: the strange return of religion to politics

Guardiola-Rivera, Oscar (2008) Time of exception: the strange return of religion to politics. Isegoría : Revista de Filosofía Moral y Política 39 , pp. 327-337. ISSN 1130-2097.

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Abstract

It is well known that the controversial German theorist Carl Schmitt understood the position of the Sovereign in theologico-political terms: as similar to that of the medieval Prince, charged with the task of preventing and deferring the end of days. An exploration of the links between Schmitt and his acknowledged intellectual mentor Thomas Hobbes reveals that, ultimately, what is at stake in such understandings of the sovereign’s position is the management and control of the risk associated with the possible occurrence of catastrophic events in the future. It is argued here that such a conception of our relationship with time and infinitude has come to dominate the political, economic and even aesthetic landscape of our times. That conception is apocalyptic, authority- based, and catastrophic; it amounts to an unexpected return of religion at the very heart of modernity, on the back of seemingly secular appeals to choice and necessity, following the introduction of war at the centre of the promise of progress. Description from publisher website at: http://isegoria.revistas.csic.es/index.php/isegoria/article/view/630

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in Spanish.
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): state of exception, political theology, catastrophe, time, infinitude, philosophy, law,
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 17:25
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/833

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