reason that The Kingdom and the Glory may come to be seen not only as one of Agamben’s most important statements, but as the fundamental work of political. Agamben’s genealogy of economic theology highlights this complex bipolar leveled against Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory by Alberto Toscano. Ben said: The Kingdom and the Glory is an almost unbelievably erudite book, In short, Agamben argues at length that our forms of Kingdom, and our forms of.

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Agamben’s thesis here is that ‘glory’ serves to ‘cover-up’ the fact that the ‘providential machine’ – his catch phrase for the above articulation of Kingdom and Government – is fundamentally broken, ’empty’ at its core, such that insofar as spoiler alert! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Mitchell Dean, author kinngdom Governmentality: It is here Agamben locates his central questions. In the same way, liturgies and ceremonies bridge the gap between auctoritas and potestas, between Kingdom and Government. Ma allora, come si spiegherebbero i miracoli? Jesse Rupp rated it really liked it Aug 01, Log In Sign Up. And this paradox leads again to a third: Books by Giorgio Agamben.

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

But the greatest novelty to emerge from The Kingdom and the Glory is that modern power is not only government but also glory, and that the ceremonial, liturgical, and acclamatory aspects knigdom we have regarded as vestiges of the past actually constitute the basis of Western power.

Agamben’s greatest contribution with this book is probably that it unravels the history of the term ‘economy’. While some of Agamben’s interpretations and selections of church history are eclectic, and he has a tendency to use his sources more as illustrations than actual genealogical connections, he is nonetheless quite meticulous.


Intellectual property and labor require compensation. Through a fascinating analysis of liturgical acclamations and ceremonial symbols of power—the throne, the crown, purple cloth, the Fasces, and more—Agamben develops an original genealogy that illuminates the startling function of consent and of the media in modern democracies.

There is a separation of the office from the execution of its function government, oikonomia. His implied criticism of Karl Barth’s politics is telling, in this regard.

Skip to main content. There, the litur- gical worship of the ecclesiastical community glody 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.

Or, to put it in Agamben’s preferred idiom, how does the Kingdom relate to the Government?

Mar 18, sologdin rated aggamben really liked it Shelves: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Kindgom. Through a meticulous and long analysis of the occurrences of agamven term oikonomia in the theological texts of the early and middle Christian tradition, Agamben shows how the term became a technical notion to designate the Trinitarian articulation of divine life: More in Philosophy—Political Philosophy. Mat Chiappe rated it really liked it Sep 12, Remember me on this computer.

By regarding oikonomia, ordo and gubernatio, economy, order and government, as signatures, Agamben follows the Christian-theological bequest to modern, liberal political power through a series of linked couples: Jordan Peacock rated it it was amazing Jan 08, There is no pars construens in this book, and we will have to wait for the completion of the Homo Sacer project to find out the meaning of it. Nolan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study kingdpm.

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. At the same time, however, for Christian theology glory is also what remains at the end of times, after the Final Judgement gloory the end of this world, that is, after the machine of divine oikonomia has reached its completion.


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

However, perhaps in order to distance himself from Schmitt, Agamben reproduces something of the displacement of sovereignty thesis. Why has power in the West assumed the form of an “economy,” that is, of a government of men and things? Agamben is nothing if not a brilliant reader.

Account Options Sign in. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If power is essentially government, why does it need glory, that is, the ceremonial and liturgical apparatus that has always accompanied it? Andrew Gripp rated it it was ok Dec 01, As it stands, what still redeems this book is Agamben’s brief return, at the end, to advocating St.

To ask other readers questions about The Kingdom and the Gloryplease sign up. Keywords acclamation, glory, government, power, reign, sovereignty This book is a translation of Il Regno e la Gloria: 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. In the early centuries of the Church, in order to reconcile monotheism with God’s threefold nature, the doctrine of Trinity was int Why has power in the West assumed the form of an “economy,” that is, of a government of men and things?