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The Actuality of the Theologico-Political - Conference

Starts May 23, 2014 10:00 AM
Finishes May 24, 2014 09:00 PM
Venue Room B01, Clore Management Centre
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Today’s (post) political thought has been turned into an ethics and a legal philosophy. The business of politics is supposed to promote moral values and ethical policies which are reached either through a discursive will formation (human rights, humanitarianism, freedom etc.) or through the language of rights (original positions, striking a balance between individual rights and community goods, rights as trumps etc.).

Religion can help to revive the political, to re-politicize politics: it can help the construction of new political subjects who break out of the ethico-legal entanglement and ground a new collective space. In early Christianity, the communities of believers created the ecclesia, a new form of collectivity. Asimilar role was played in early Islam by the umma. Paraphrasing Kierkegaard, one can say that we need today the theologico-political suspension of the legal-ethical.

Speakers: (please note that due to ill health, Enrique Dussel is unable to take part).

Tina Beattie - Conviction, Commitment and Law: religion outside the limits of reason alone
Costas Douzinas - The Eternal Return of The Theologico-Political
Dominik Finkelde - Luther and Lacan
Boris Gunjevic - Theology As Spiritual Exercise – Discernment, Repetition, Discipline
Adam Kotsko - Political Theology From Below
James Martel -
John Milbank
- Political Theology And Economic Theology: The New Debate
Eric Santner - The Weight Of All Flesh: On The Subject-Matter Of Political Economy
Rowan Williams - Representation: political problems and philosophical solutions?
Slavoj Zizek -“Se Conduire Comme Si Le Vieillard Existait”

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Standard:  £50

Non-Birkbeck Students:  £20

Birkbeck Staff and Students:  £20

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