November 30, 2022

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 functional task of reducing complex […]

Some Notes On Blanchot And Disaster (Roger Green)

In this piece, I want to explore the distinction between the “state of exception” and the “disaster.” In doing so, I am also drawing on an interesting seminar that Joshua Ramey has been providing online for the general public called “Debt as Original Sin.” Following arguments in Devin Singh’s Divine Currency, Ramey sees indebtedness as […]

“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 to Identity Politics.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh […]

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 of the twentieth-century.  In the […]

Amorous Agonism And The Allergy To Difference – Part 2 (Roger Green)

In my previous post, I drew on a longer genealogy of liberalism by Aryeh Botwinick to address Catherine Keller’s recent book, Political Theology of the Earth.  Botwinick’s “The Good of Liberalism: Weak Messianism” develops a genealogy of weak messianism informing liberalism as far back as Maimonides.  He then sees a parallel in post-holocaust Jewish ethical philosophy, […]

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 […]

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 as a genealogy, based on […]

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 invitation to bring surface-level scriptural […]

Carl Schmitt And The True German Origins Of Political Theology (Jonathan Cole)

“Sovereign is he who decides on the exception.” Thus opens the book that is said to have given birth to political theology—Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology, published in German in 1922. This deceptively simple proposition opens a highly stimulating and insightful examination of the relationship between sovereignty, law and the state. But what does Political Theology […]

The Problem With “Christian” Political Theology – It’s Greek, Not Christian (Jonathan Cole)

Christian political theology has a problem, which for want of imagination I dub its “Greek problem.” Michael Walzer highlighted the essence of this problem in his stimulating book In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible: But there is no political theory in the Bible. Political theory is a Greek invention. Nor is there a […]