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International Political Theory

Theology and World Politics

Metaphysics, Genealogies, Political Theologies

Editors: Paipais, Vassilios (Ed.)

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  • Builds on a special issue in the Journal of International Relations and Development
  • Transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to transform our understanding of global politics
  • Brings together leading scholars across political theory, history, philosophy, theology, and IR
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Situated within the wider post-secular turn in politics and international relations, this volume focuses not on religion per se, but rather explicitly on theology. Contributions to this collection highlight the political theological foundations of international theory and world politics, recasting theology and politics as symbiotic discourses with all the risks, promises and open questions this relation may involve. The overarching claim the book makes is that all politics has theology embedded in it, both in the genealogical sense of carrying ineradicable traces of rival theological traditions, and also in the more ontological sense of being enacted by alternative configurations of the theologico-political. The book is unique in bringing together a diverse group of scholars, spanning knowledge areas as varied as IR, political theory, philosophy, theology, and history to investigate the complex interconnections between theology and world politics. It will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, international relations, intellectual history, and political theology.

About the authors

Vassilios Paipais is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. He is the author of Political Ontology and International Political Thought: Voiding a Pluralist World (2017).

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"A new generation of scholars, often with more interdisciplinary backgrounds, many of whom are represented in this path-breaking book, mark out what can be called ‘the theological turn’ in politics and international relations. They argue that world politics is paradoxically more deeply political and theological at the same time. It was this way in the past, it is in the present, and it will always be so insofar as the ‘secular’ itself is an invention of political theology. This cutting-edge volume contributes to a new challenging research agenda for understanding the ways religion, theology, and spirituality influence ideas of world order, peace, violence, and care for creation – and, even love, brotherhood, and sisterhood in the globalised multi-cultural world of the twenty-first century." (Scott M. Thomas, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Bath, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Religion or Theology? (Re)introducing Political Theology into the Study of World Politics

    Pages 1-22

    Paipais, Vassilios

  • ‘Obligations Written in the Heart’: Burke’s Primacy of Association and the Renewal of Political Theology

    Pages 25-52

    Pabst, Adrian

  • The Political Theology of Thomas Hobbes and the Theory of Interstate Society

    Pages 53-73

    Bain, William

  • A Matter of Faith: Derrida, Žižek, and the Fourth ‘Overcoming of Gnosis’

    Pages 75-104

    Bielik-Robson, Agata

  • The Cosmology of Mādhyamaka Buddhism and Its World of Deep Relationalism

    Pages 105-128

    Brincat, Shannon

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-37602-4
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theology and World Politics
Book Subtitle
Metaphysics, Genealogies, Political Theologies
Editors
  • Vassilios Paipais
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37602-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37602-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37601-7
Series ISSN
2662-6039
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 349
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