Lecture: Theopolitical Figures, 26 October

Public Lecture
Theopolitical Figures
Prof. Montserrat Herrero
26 October 2022 | 19:30-21:00
Singelkerk, Amsterdam (NL)

Response
Prof. Carl Raschke

How does theological discourse continue to shape political life? Are there divine traces embedded in institutionalized political practices?
Theopolitical figures are other names of God that we find in the political realm. We can consider at least five such figures: scripture, prophecy, oath, charisma and hospitality.  In the symbolic meaning of these, central issues for contemporary societies can be discerned. These include the endurance of the law and the unconditional character of justice, the unfeasibility of historical expectation, the stability of the given word, the way political power is legitimized, and the openness to the coming other as a political-ethical imperative.

Montserrat Herrero is professor of political philosophy at the University of Navarra (Spain). She is the principal investigator of a project on religion and civil society at the Institute for Culture and Society at the same university and the editor of the journal Anuario Filosófico.

Carl Raschke is professor of philosophy of religion at the University of Denver and Director of its MA program. He specializes in continental philosophy, political theology, the philosophy of religion, art theory, globalization theory, and the theory of religion.

This lecture is part of the symposium Inventive Theology: Rhetoric and the Politics of Believing 26-27 October 2022
See: www.inventivetheology.com/it2022

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