domenica 6 ottobre 2013

Sophie Fuggle - Foucault / Paul. Subjects of Power - Palgrave MacMillan, Uk, March 2013

What is power? Where does it come from and who is in possession of it? How should we think about power and authority in a post-secular society in which traditional boundaries between individual and collective faith and secular governments and institutions are becoming increasingly blurred? The way which we conceive of power in the twenty-first century will effectively determine how we approach issues such as market reform and environmental disaster. Placing the twentieth-century French philosopher Michel Foucault into critical conjunction with the apostle Paul, Foucault/Paul re-evaluates the way in which power operates within society and underpins our ethical and political actions.

1. Excavations
2. Between Life and Death
3. Power
4. Ethical Subjects

Sophie Fuggle is a lecturer in the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

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"Perhaps it will be a focus on power, in the end, which will burn through clichéd distinctions between the secular and the religious, even as it also opens new modes of enacting political solidarity. Sophie Fuggle leads the way to a new critical theory in keeping with a new politics, and she does so by rewiring the figure of Paul for a brilliant comparative reflection on Foucault's technologies of the self. Short-circuiting our usual assumptions about the difference between the ancient and contemporary figures in question, neither Paul nor Foucault nor their interpreters will be able to remain the same." - 
Ward Blanton, Reader in Biblical Cultures and European Thought, Department of Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, UK

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