By Jeffrey Robbins
Alexis de Tocqueville as soon as wrote that "the humans reign over the yank political global like God over the universe," unwittingly casting democracy because the political instantiation of the loss of life of God. based on Jeffrey W. Robbins, Tocqueville's overview continues to be an apt commentary of recent democratic energy, which doesn't relaxation with a sovereign authority yet operates as a diffuse social strength. by way of linking radical democratic concept to a modern fascination with political theology, Robbins envisions the trendy adventure of democracy as a social, cultural, and political strength reworking the character of sovereign strength and political authority.
Robbins joins his paintings with Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's radical notion of "network power," in addition to Sheldon Wolin's proposal of "fugitive democracy," to style a political theology that captures smooth democracy's social and cultural torment. This method has profound implications not just for the character of up to date spiritual trust and perform but additionally for the reconceptualization of the right kind courting among faith and politics. demanding the fashionable, liberal, and secular assumption of a impartial public house, Robbins conceives of a postsecular politics for modern society that inextricably hyperlinks faith to the political.
While successfully recasting the culture of radical theology as a political theology, this e-book additionally develops a entire critique of the political theology bequeathed through Carl Schmitt. It marks an unique and visionary success by means of the student the magazine of the yankee Academy of faith hailed "one of the simplest commentators on faith and postmodernism."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
is professor and chair of faith and philosophy at Lebanon Valley university. he's the writer of among religion and concept: An Essay at the Ontotheological situation and looking for a Non-Dogmatic Theology, the editor of After the dying of God, coeditor of The sound asleep huge Has Awoken, and affiliate editor of the magazine for Cultural and spiritual idea.
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Radical Democracy and Political Theology by Jeffrey Robbins