This book provides a genealogical mapping of the universalisation/secularisation thesis that is both widely saluted and mistrusted as master narrative of modern political and normative history. While accepting that foundational issues of religions weigh heavier than political philosophy’s aspirations, the authors question the outdated suggestions of Carl Schmitt’s political theology, building instead upon a refined version of Giorgio Agamben’s close-reading of Christian government as management. The book identifies Western-Christian tensions within jurisprudence and concludes that the West’s secular universality is passing off as politics or law what is really the management of its own dwindling primacy. ; This book provides a genealogical mapping of the universalisation/secularisation thesis that is both widely saluted and mistrusted as master narrative of modern political and normative history. ; Introduction: Premises and Arguments; Part 1: Religions R Us; 1. From Sovereignty to Negeschatology; 2. Social Systems on the Cross; 3. The Religion of Progress; 4. Political Theology beyond Schmitt; Part 2: Historicised Political Theology; 5. From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople; 6. The Transition from Secularism to Post-Secularism; 7. Deeds Without Words; Notes, Index. ; Introduction: Premises and Arguments Part 1: Religions R Us1. From Sovereignty to Negeschatology2. Social Systems on the Cross3. The Religion of Progress4. Political Theology beyond Schmitt Part 2: Historicised Political Theology5. From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople6. The Transition from Secularism to Post-Secularism7. Deeds Without Words NotesIndex
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In a book of great clarity and power, Diamantides and Schütz unsparingly expose the managerial vocation of the West and, with matching precision, undo the ideological masks by which it tries to cover its impasses.
Marinos Diamantides is Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Ethics of Suffering (Ashgate, 2000) and the editor of Islam, Law and Identity (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011) and Law, Levinas, Politics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009).; Anton Schütz is a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is editor of Law, Text, Terror with Peter Goodrich and Lior Barshak, (Routledge-Cavendish, 2006) and a contributing author to many works on legal theory including: The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).