May 16, 2022

The State of Exception As Apocalyptic Desire – Overcoming A Persecuting Society, Part 4 (Roger Green)

The following is the fourth of a multi-part series. The first can be found here, the second here, the third here. I have been arguing in previous posts, following William Cavanaugh and many other recent scholars of religion, the claim that ‘religion’ as a concept ought not be regarded as static or transcendent entity.   I […]

Neoliberalism, Populism, And Modern Transforms of Sovereignty – From The Doctrine of Discovery To The Capitalist “Thaumaturgy”, Part 2 (Carl Raschke)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Sovereignty and the Modern Doctrine of Dominion The advent of a brave, new world bifurcated between neoliberalism and populism, while bringing about the erosion of politics itself, has in the same breath led to the dissipation of all structures, principles, […]

A Gloss On ‘Political Theology’ And The Psychedelic Nature of Recent Political Unrest (Roger Green)

What follows updates some excerpts from my book, A Transatlantic Political Theology of Psychedelic Aesthetics (Palgrave 2019). Related excerpts may also be found with respect to Walter Benjamin in The Journal For Cultural and Religious Theory. Preparing for our Critical Conversation next week on An American Indian Critique of Sovereignty, a colleague who’s been to several of […]

The Meaning Of January 6, 2021 – Editorial Response I (Roger Green)

The following is the first of a series of responses on the part of the editorial staff of The New Polis to the events of January 6, 2021. In the wake of the events at the Unites States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the editorial staff at The New Polis has decided to open […]

The Politics Of Pause, Struggling Over Speed For Better Futures (Critical Conversations 3)

The following is the video and transcript of the third “Critical Conversation”, a monthly Zoom seminar with advance registration sponsored by The New Polis and Whitestone Publications and involving international scholars. The seminar took place on October 27, 2020. Roger Green: Okay, welcome everybody. My name is Roger Green, I’m the general editor of The New Polis. […]

Gnosticism And The Contemporary Production Of Race (Jacob Vangeest)

“Blackness is not only that which relates to the constitutive outside of any social bond—whether that outside be excluded or included is secondary—but also that which relates to the undoing or unraveling of every social bond” -Jared Sexton, “On Black Negativity” Carl Schmitt defines the Greek nomos as the cutting up of the World through […]

Rescuing Political Theology From Its Passionate Partisans (Carl Raschke)

It is high time, I fear, for someone to call “bovine body waste” on the seemingly inexhaustible creativity in the current overuse and abuse of the phrase “political theology.” Ever since Carl Schmitt minted the term in the 1920s, it has wobbled over the generations not only in its connotations, but also in its theoretical […]

Politics And Its Double – Deleuze And Political Ontology, Part 2 (Borna Radnik)

The following is the second of a four-part series.  The first can be found here. Politics and the Political There is nothing political about ontology if by “ontology” we simply mean the science of being qua being. It may seem presumptuous to declare that ontology has anything to offer political theory, but the turn towards […]

Amorous Agonism And The Allergy To Difference, Part 1 (Roger Green)

This is the first in a multi-part series of posts. In the following series of posts, I want to address some themes related to Catherine Keller’s recent book, Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Republic (2018).  In the book, Keller describes her concept of amorous agonism, which she develops […]

Kavanaugh And The “Katechon”, Or The End Of Politics As We Know It (Carl Raschke)

Now that it is over, the vicious political battle that raged these past two weeks over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court appears less significant for its outcome than for what it revealed about what we might term the “deep culture” of America. What it revealed, in effect, is that this deep […]