Higher Education

Political Demonology: The Logic of Evil in Contemporary Literature and Theology

Oxford University

This conference brings philosophers of religion, political theorists and literary scholars together to frame approaches to the problem of political evil–a project one might call ‘political demonology’–for our contemporary political and cultural crisis. What or who is the political enemy? What is political evil or sin? If we are living in the age of ‘the complete triumph of the individual’ (Gilles Chatelet), then the status of ‘individuality,’ ‘subjectivity,’ and ‘soul’ must be attended to within this context. But if individuality is coming to some kind of end (post-modern, post-capitalist, post-material, or otherwise), what moral-political regime is, or should be, appearing on the horizon? And what, then, is the meaning, place, and aesthetic of evil as a political phenomenon? Would the transformation of the individual mean liberation, oblivion, or even new forms of violence? And what is the role of statehood or the social? Through this interdisciplinary dialogue we seek to reformulate our own definitions, even as various contemporary crises violently reformulate them for us.

Episodes

Shakespeare and Machiavellian Politics of Violence, Closing Keynote
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2017-10-07 18:17:22 UTC 2264
Shakespeare and Machiavellian Politics of Violence, Closing Keynote

The pessimistic anthropology of liberalism vs. the Good
1500
2017-10-07 18:17:22 UTC 1500
The pessimistic anthropology of liberalism vs. the Good

Going Beyond Evil in Theory, Politics and Practice
1540
2017-10-07 18:17:22 UTC 1540
Going Beyond Evil in Theory, Politics and Practice

‘“Political Theology” or “Occasional Decisionism”? On the Formal Character of Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology’
1464
2017-10-07 18:17:22 UTC 1464
‘“Political Theology” or “Occasional Decisionism”? On the Formal Character of Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology’

The Dialectics of Individualism and Totalitarianism in Charles de Koninck, David Foster Wallace, and Michel Houellebecq
1622
2017-10-07 18:17:22 UTC 1622
The Dialectics of Individualism and Totalitarianism in Charles de Koninck, David Foster Wallace, and Michel Houellebecq

Modernist Myths of the Fall
1050
2017-10-07 18:17:23 UTC 1050
Modernist Myths of the Fall

The Two Deaths of Osama Bin Laden –Demonic Repetition in Contemporary Culture
1325
2017-10-07 18:17:23 UTC 1325
The Two Deaths of Osama Bin Laden –Demonic Repetition in Contemporary Culture

The Nightmare that Dreams: The Soul and Nihilism - Opening Keynote
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2017-10-07 18:17:23 UTC 3222
The Nightmare that Dreams: The Soul and Nihilism - Opening Keynote