What is Economic Theology?

A New Governmental-political Paradigm?

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Countering claims of its impossibility, this paper argues for economic theology as an intelligible figure of contemporary political rationality and organization, and a distinctive analytical strategy in relation to forms of liberal and neoliberal governmentality and the contemporary management of social life. As an analytical strategy, it has two arms: an institutional one, drawing upon Michel Foucault’s work on the pastorate; and a conceptual one, following from Giorgio Agamben on oikonomia, order and providence. Economic theology was the arcana of 20th-century debates on both political theology and governmentality and a condition for their emergence. It formed the horizon of Carl Schmitt’s intervention of a political theology in response to Max Weber, and, as the pastorate, it was for Foucault the historical background of the emergence of the liberal arts of government. While appearing as a new paradigm, it thus has a measure of priority over our more established ones. Furthermore, to the extent that economic theology comes to occupy the place of political rationality in contemporary liberal-democratic societies, the political becomes less a rational public sphere and more a form of public liturgy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
Volume36
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)3-26
Number of pages24
ISSN0263-2764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online: 20. July 2018

Keywords

  • Agamben
  • Economy
  • Foucault
  • Lliturgy
  • Neoliberalism
  • Pastorate
  • Schmitt

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What is Economic Theology? A New Governmental-political Paradigm? / Dean, Mitchell.

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