political theology

Re-enchanted Empire — The Figure Of Pan In Edwardian Fiction, Part 2 (Roger Green)

In my previous post, I argued that as a pagan figure, Pan manifests an Edwardian desire to re-enchant England as a critique of the British Empire while also remaining intellectually and culturally elitist. Here I continue to analyze the figure across various texts. J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan famously comments on the growing…

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“Naming The Darkness,” Spiritual Violence, And Radical Incompleteness – Resituating A Political Theology, Part 2 (James E. Willis, III)

The following is the first of a two-part series. The first can be found here. It is republished from Religious Theory on May 9, 2020. A philosophy of finite human time is one way to read Martin Hägglund’s recent This Life because time is of critical importance in his corpus to date. His interpretation…

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Political Filters And The Challenge Of Multivariate Political Analysis (Jonathan Cole)

Political reality is multivariate, although you would never know it based on news reporting, political commentary and the rhetoric of politicians and activists alike. This is because we all, consciously or unconsciously, refract the multivariate political reality we live, or more often observe, through political filters. These filters perform the…

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“Progressive Neoliberalism” – Symbolic Capitalism And The Global Reproduction Of The “Precariat” (Interview With Carl Raschke)

The following is the first in a series of “book interviews” (as opposed to book “reviews”) which the The New Polis will be undertaking with certain recent authors.  The first title to be considered is by NP Senior Consulting Editor Carl Raschke. Raschke, Carl.  Neoliberalism and Political Theology: From Kant…

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The Dialectic Of Enlightenment From A Postsecular Lens – Part 1 (Roger Green)

I am often perplexed, sometimes disturbed, and generally intrigued by the use of Literature in philosophical arguments.  While there is a robust tradition of Marxian-influenced material critique within Cultural Studies, the conception of “the Literary” within literary studies also went through its own kind of “secularization” during the latter half…

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On Political Theology And Religious Poetics – A Tribute To Luis León (Roger K. Green)

If politics names the power relations regarding the polis, in their deliberative form, then ‘the political’ names the environment in which those power relations operate.  From the outset of Western civilization, Aristotle saw the polis or ‘State’ as this environment.  For him, it was organic and had life, as well…

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Nor On The Soles of Her Shoes? The King Of Infinite Space (Roger Green)

The tendency toward universalizing concepts has its legacy within the foundation of Religious Studies as a discipline, which, though little known outside the field, has recently interrogated its underwritten Protestant biases.  This work continues, despite the fact that many religiously sentimental scholars merely take discussions of “postsecularism” to be an…

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