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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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    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:


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Published in Spanish.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): state of exception, political theology, catastrophe, time, infinitude, philosophy, law,
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI), Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 17:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:48


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