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Political Theology

Demystifying the Universal

Marinos Diamantides, Anton Schütz

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Can secularisation in the legal and political domains settle modernity’s scores with religion?

Anton Schütz and Marinos Diamantides provide a genealogical mapping of the universalisation/secularisation thesis that is both widely saluted and mistrusted as master narrative of modern political and normative history.

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Introduction: Premises and Arguments

Part 1: Religions R Us
1. From Sovereignty to Negeschatology
2. Social Systems on the Cross
3. The Religion of Progress
4. Political Theology beyond Schmitt

Part 2: Historicised Political Theology
5. From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople
6. The Transition from Secularism to Post-Secularism
7. Deeds Without Words


About the Author

Marinos Diamantides is Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Ethics of Suffering (Ashgate, 2000) and the editor of Islam, Law and Identity (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011) and Law, Levinas, Politics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009).

Anton Schütz is a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck, University of London. He is editor of Law, Text, Terror with Peter Goodrich and Lior Barshak, (Routledge-Cavendish, 2006) and a contributing author to many works on legal theory including: The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).


In a book of great clarity and power, Diamantides and Schütz unsparingly expose the managerial vocation of the West and, with matching precision, undo the ideological masks by which it tries to cover its impasses.

- Giorgio Agamben

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