16 G. Agamben, The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of .. 34 T. Zartaloudis, Giorgio Agamben: Power, Law and the Uses of Criticism. Giorgio Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory (; translation published by Stanford University Press in ) is part of the effort in recent. A Review of “The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Giorgio Agamben translated by Lorenzo Chiesa (with Matteo.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Review of Kingdom and the Glory by Giorgio Agamben. The Author s Reprints and permissions: These theses concern political power first as an articulation of sovereign reign and kingdlm government and, secondly, as constituted by acclamations and glorification. A renewed tbe of power and pol- itics of resistance should be possible, however, without recourse to a project seeking to deactivate all profane powers including those of public bureaucracies. Keywords acclamation, glory, government, power, reign, sovereignty This book is a translation of Il Regno e la Gloria: In doing so, the translation presents an immediate obstacle to grasping its Corresponding author: In fact, this volume pre- giorbio itself as a successor to that book and, as its title indicates, a second part of Book Two agamhen the series it initiates.

The present volume is followed by the recently published The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath II, 3a small and dense work on the relationship between the performative uses of language and the production of truth within rituals of power characteristic of law and religion.

This is then followed by Remnants of Auschwitz: The current book falls into two parts, which, though not marked in Downloaded from tcs.

The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government by Giorgio Agamben

This is done by a bold move into a discussion of the early Christian patristic literature on the nature of the Holy Trinity as an oikonomia, an economy. Despite its status as an instalment of a much larger project, this book stands alone as a contribution to the history of political thought and practice and its present relevance. It is by far the longest of all the books in the series and perhaps the most demanding to the general reader, given the likely unfamiliarity for the non-theologian of the text- ual matter precisely analysed here.

For contemporary readers in the humanities and social sciences, however, it contributes to the intellec- tual history of political discourse, to our conceptions of the operations of political power, to the genealogy of notions of ministry, mission and hierarchy in bureaucracy, and to studies of political acclamation, public opinion and the role of the media.

Above all, it instantiates the econ- omy as absolutely central to the long-term trajectory of Western, and now global, politics and begins the archaeology of its points of Downloaded from tcs. It is here Agamben locates his central questions.


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What is the relation between economy and Glory? To pose these questions is to strike a blow against theoretical motifs that view liberal politics as thoroughly secular and compulsively under- take the profanation of the state itself.

Foucault locates a critical contribution of the east- ern father, Gregory of Nazianus, in the earliest discussion of the Downloaded from tcs. Agamben argues that Foucault should not have passed over the notion of economy, particularly given his own observation of its centrality to liberal forms of government, and should rather have examined the theo- kinvdom implications of the notion of economy for Gregory, who was instrumental in goirgio formation of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

The term articulates the divine being into a Trinity and, at the same time, preserves its unity, and is also the divine plan for salvation. Thus, from this perspective, Foucault has sought the genealogy of government in texts that deal with the actual government of an ecclesiastical or religious community or the mundane government of city and kingdom rather than the core Christian discussion of the divine government of the world.

Nevertheless, he fails to address that part of the Summa Theologica that deals with the divine government of the world, Dei guber- natione mundi. Chief among those elements are the giorgik notions of providence and order.

By regarding oikonomia, ordo and gubernatio, economy, order and government, as signatures, Agamben follows the Christian-theological bequest to modern, liberal political power gioorgio a series of linked couples: The third departure thee the biorgio, theoretical, one. However, Foucault does not appear to realize, according to Agamben, how much more intimately tied are sovereignty and government in this terminology due to the way they are founded Downloaded from tcs.

Without making reference to this intellectual decapitation, which could stand for the myriad successful analyses of the immanence of power, Agamben supplies us with a range of examples that support the image of a mutilated, useless and absent king. However, from mytho- logical, historical and anthropological points of view, these images underline the necessity, not displacement, of the position of the sovereign in political thought and practice.

The empty throne is not an early recognition of the futility of the sovereign paradigm of power, but, as Agamben will argue, the Downloaded from tcs. Reign, whether divine or worldly, is constituted through such practices, and it is they that allow the articulation of the two obligatory poles of power and thereby ensure its operability.

However, perhaps in order to distance himself from Schmitt, Agamben reproduces something of the displacement of sovereignty thesis. Agamben notes that one of those debates about the status of the idea of secularization took place in the s.

Lowith had argued that German idealist philosophy of history and Enlightenment progress were nothing more than the secularization of the theology of history and Christian eschatology. In this sense, for Agamben, the notions of secularization and sacralization describe the movements of signatures between sacred and profane and vice versa.


One of the threads of the discussion is the same phrase that Agamben extracts from Foucault.

The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government

However, with the formation of the dogma of the Trinity, Peterson argues, monotheism ceases to be a political problem and the idea of political theology is completely demolished. For Agamben, the Trinity is at the heart what is at stake here.

For Schmitt, it instantiates the possibility of civil war within God, and is thus a genuine political-theological prac- tice Schmitt, b: For Agamben, Peterson was right to seek a demolition of a certain kind of monarchical political theology, but completely misses the possi- bility of an economic one.

However, the secret complicity of Schmitt and Peterson, Downloaded from tcs. Both, however, avoid at all costs the links between it and the emergence of an economic-theological paradigm.

Agamben is nothing if not a brilliant reader. Strangely, it is Peterson, with his eccentric theses and implicitly anti-Semitic apocalyptics pp. There, the litur- gical worship of the ecclesiastical kinydom is an extension of the wor- ship of the angels in the celestial kingdom and both can be described in terms of rights, assembly and citizenship. This leads Agamben to analyse religious and political acclamation through multiple empirical illustrations. All this is exacting material and the resonances with National Socialism and Fascism remain pertinent.

By extension, Agamben concludes, profane acclamations are not just an ornament of the political but found and justify it p. This is some achievement. Those demonstrations that the economy is constituted through material, technical and performative means can only be completed by others that analyse how the economy has entered a domain that at once claims a glorious transcendence and a right of death founded on the monopoly of violence.

Nevertheless, after this book, the theoretical and empirical investigation of power relations in our societies surely cannot remain the same. To complicate matters further, at the time of writing October,another volume has been announced in France as Homo Sacer, II, 5, entitled, Downloaded from tcs. This will supplement the genealogy of the theological roots of thf of bureaucratic office.

Sovereign Power and Bare Life. The Witness and the Archive. University of Chicago Press. An Archaeology of the Oath. Society and Space 27 2: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Mitchell Dean, author of Governmentality: Previous books include The Constitution of Poverty: He is currently working on a book on forms of power relations. Remember me on this computer. Enter the agambem address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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