Once again the JHI (Journal of the History of Ideas) has published another fascinating article about political theology. In “Spectral Sovereigns and Divine Subalterns” the guest-contributor Milinda Banerjee, author of the recent book The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India, argues that the “spectres of dead kings are haunting the world today”.Read More The King’s Ghost
In this post we look at the paradoxical political theology of the Sovereign (God, state, person, society) which uses its freedom to undermine its own freedom.Read More Could A State Make A Stone…?
his is the fourth and final part in a series of essays on Radical Orthodoxy thinker Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 Repetition and Identity.Read More Pickstock 4: Is Salvation Necessary for Platonism?
This is part of a series on Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 Repetition and Identity. In this part we’re going to be talking about Pickstock’s ideas in relation to several other thinkers in the Platonic tradition: Eric Voegelin, F. W. J. Schelling, Giordano Bruno and Ralph Cudworth.Read More Pickstock 3: Voegelin, Schelling, Bruno, Cudworth
In the first part of this essay we looked closely at the affinities between the Radical Orthodox movement in theology and the ideas of Eric Voegelin in light of Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 book Repetition and Identity (Oxford University Press, Oxford) and its critique of French post-structuralist Gilles Deleuze. We now come to Pickstock’s attempt to rethink a Christian-Platonist process theology of nature through a return to the Theory of Forms.Read More Pickstock Pt 2: Process Platonism
In this essay we look at the long forgotten “Cambridge Platonist” thinker Ralph Cudworth and his discovery of the “inconscious”.Read More Cudworth and the Unconscious
In his famous argument with Carl Schmitt about the legitimacy of modernity and secularisation Hans Blumenberg in an aside observes that: “one has to be surprised, in any case, that among the many recorded instances of the secularization thesis, the concept of a person plays no special role, indeed hardly appears at all.” Roberto Esposito’s Two: The Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought may well have begun to fix this oversight.Read More Parousia Without Apocalypse?
A while back now we started a series on process philosophy and the ideas of Eric Voegelin titled “Process and the Derailing of Reality.” Here’s a second part, in two long portions, both about 9000 words each. Happy reading! This two-part essay is an attempt to produce a Voegelinian commentary on Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 book […]Read More Pickstock pt 1: The Failed Millennium of Difference
Not so long ago I was in a book shop purchasing one of Italian “political theologist” Giorgio Agamben’s books. As I passed the book across to be scanned, the bookseller, a wiry old fellow, told me that I might be interested in another book called The Prince of This World, which he had recently read but sadly did not have in stock. It was all about the devil and “neo-liberalism”, he said. Dead good. It certainly sounded it.Read More The Devil and the Freedom Trap.
This is just going to be a fun little post. I’ve always loved the music of British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, especially their first six albums. All the ingredients are marvellous, from wail of the young Ozzie Osborne, to the endlessly inventive riffing of Toni Iommi, but Geezer Butler’s lyrics take the cake. Most […]Read More The Strange Gnosticism of Black Sabbath