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Divine Violence [electronic resource]: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty

James R. Martel
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon [U.K.] ; New York : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2012.
Language
English
ISBN
9780203803264, 0203803264
Summary
Divine Violence looks at the question of political theology and its connection to sovereignty. It argues that the practice of sovereignty reflects a Christian eschatology, one that proves very hard to overcome even by left thinkers, such as Arendt and Derrida, who are very critical of it. These authors fall into a trap described by Carl Schmitt whereby one is given a (false) choice between anarchy and sovereignty, both of which are bound within--and return us to--the same eschatological envelope. In Divine Violence, the author argues that Benjamin supplies the correct political theology to hel.
Contents
Divine Violence Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: divine violence and political fetishism; PART I Sovereign temporalities; Chapter 1 The political theology of sovereignty; Chapter 2 In the maw of sovereignty; Chapter 3 Walter Benjamin's dissipated eschatology; PART II Politics in its own distinction; Chapter 4 Waiting for justice; Chapter 5 Forgiveness, judgment and sovereign decision; Chapter 6 Sovereignty de-centered: the Hebrew Republic; Conclusion: the anarchist hypothesis; Bibliography; Index.
Description
1 online resource (160 pages)
Notes
  • "A GlassHouse Book."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-154) and index.
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