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Il Regno e la Gloria. Per una genealogia teologica dell'economia e del governo

(Homo Sacer #II.4)

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«Dalla teologia cristiana derivano due paradigmi politici in senso lato, antinomici ma funzionalmente connessi: la teologia politica, che fonda nell’unico Dio la trascendenza del potere sovrano, e la teologia economica, che sostituisce a questa l’idea di una “oikonomia” concepita come un ordine immanente – domestico e non politico in senso stretto – tanto della vita divina

Paperback, 1st edition Universale Bollati Boringhieri [579], 333 pages
Published March 2009 by Bollati Boringhieri (first published 2007)
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May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kingdom and the Glory is an almost unbelievably erudite book, surveying a huge array of material while also managing to read like a good detective story (yet minus any outright conspiracism, thankfully).

For all the textual analysis and detail, Agamben advances a fairly straightforward argument: that the ancient Greek split between polis (public, city-state rule) and oikonomia (home management) was appropriated over time by Christian theology in order to rationalize the conceptual paradoxes w
Part V of author’s Homo Sacer project.

Very impressive. The most substantial, rigorously sustained, and abjectly humbling argument in the Home Sacer series.

Prefaced by the statement of purpose to investigate “why power in the West has assumed the form of an oikonomia, that is a government of men” (xi). It’s good to set modest goals for oneself, I suppose.

Chapter 1 – The Two Paradigms

The argument proceeds from the distinction between “political theology, which founds the transcendence of sovereig
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Culture non facit saltus, or the subtle art of non-sequiturs

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After many months reading this when I could steal some time away from myself, from school and work, reading just a few pages usually at a time, I am finally done with this. A lot of it was profoundly interesting, primarily the idea of tracing a genealogy of power in the west back through Christianity (which also owed much to obvious pagan influence as well, but become paradigmatic within the discourses of the early Christian church), to the particular ways in which it made use of Oikonomia/econo ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The weirdest book on Trinitarian history you will ever read. Agamben (an atheist political philosopher, as it happens) starts from a basic question: why does power need glory? If power is, in its essence, action, activity, motion, why does it need the cumbersome ornamentation of ceremony, ritual, acclamation? To answer this question Agamben embarks on both a genealogy and archeology of glory. In short, Agamben argues at length that our forms of Kingdom, and our forms of Government, and the relat ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the many things that can be said about the work of Giorgio Agamben, being lazy with his research isn't one of them. In fact, I imagine that if by some freak accident, all our sources regarding ancient and medieval theology were somehow lost to fire, one could, with a bit of extrapolation, reconstruct it all again just using Agamben's corpus of works. And if that really did come to pass, The Kingdom and the Glory - encyclopaedic as it is in its scope and its grasp - would be the go-to book fro ...more
Nalanda Buatong
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เท่าที่อ่านมาคิดว่าเล่มนี้ development idea ในตัวบทช้ามาก คือช่วงแรกๆ ไม่ช้านะ แต่การอธิบายขยายในเรื่องนั้นๆ ที่ค่อนข้างละเอียด มันเลยช้ามากกว่า และกว่าไอเดียต่างๆ จะมารวมรวบยอดให้กันและกัน อีกทั้งมันก็เลยออกเป็นว่า อากัมเบนพยายามเสนอเชิงสาแหรกให้เห็นธารเป็นมาเรื่องเทววิทยาที่มีผลต่อเรื่อง Government เสียมากกว่านั่นเอง แต่ก็เข้าใจว่าสิ่งที่เขาเสนอและวิพากษ์ต่างๆ มันก็อยู่ในการสืบสาแหรกเข้าไปในตัวการเล่านั้นเองอยู่แล้วด้วย
บทที่ทำความเข้าใจยากสุดและยาวสุดคือบทสุดท้ายที่ชื่อว่า The Archaeology of
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I testi di Agamben si inscrivono all'interno quel filone di pensiero che fa uso di un metodo chiamato "archeologia delle idee". In sostanza, Agamben va alla ricerca di quello che è stato il passato remoto di alcuni concetti contemporanei.

In questo caso, il concetto analizzato è quello di "economia". Il punto di partenza è strabiliante: il termine greco "oikonomia", dal quale deriva la più moderna parola, venne utilizzato in ambito teologico, soprattutto per indicare il rapporto tra Dio e Gesù.
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dense with allusive references to early Christian thinkers and theologians (think Augustine, Origen, Tertullian, and Irenaeus), "The Kingdom and the Glory" by Giorgio Agamben is a rigorous, hugely ambitious outlining, mostly within the confines of Christian thought, of the dichotomy between essence and praxis, knowledge and action, and the Kingdom and the Glory, in Western life. With keen insight and deep powers of analysis, Agamben identifies these pairs as part of a bi-polar system that is reg ...more
Yannic Meursault
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agambens Art zu schreiben ist definitiv eine der schwierigsten, die mir begegnet ist. Wer an "Homo sacer" und "Ausnahmezustand" verzweifelt ist, dem kann von "Herrschaft und Herrlichkeit" nur abgeraten werden. Gewohnt dicht geschrieben springt Agamben mühelos durch die Jahrhunderte und thematisiert Denker verschiedenster Epochen. Ein Dutzend Debatten der Kirchenväter werden untersucht und interpretiert, so dass der normale Leser ohne gelegentliches Nachschlagen grenzenlos überfordert ist. Ein Bl ...more
Ray Harajuku
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always feel like i miss the punchline with Agamben, but even lacking the forest for the trees the trees potentially re-orient your worldview.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Bad theology! ...(250 pgs later) and THATs why democracy don't work no more."
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
«… a un libro come Il Regno e la Gloria manca fondamentalmente la descrizione di tutto ciò che manca sia al regno (cioè, la ‘tradizione degli oppressi’ e l’archeologia dei contropoteri) sia alla gloria (cioè, la tradizione delle oscure resistenze e l’archeologia delle ‘lucciole’). All’archeologia delle acclamazioni, derivata da Ernst Kantorowicz e da Carl Schmitt, manca un’archeologia delle manifestazioni, ossia delle rivoluzioni in cui i popoli fanno molto più che dire ‘sì’ o, d’altra parte, ‘n ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
L'essenza di questa puntigliosa analisi sulle correlazioni tra regno e governo, la troviamo in una pagina quasi alla fine del libro: La gloria, tanto in teologia che in politica, è precisamente ciò che prende il posto di quel vuoto impensabile che è l'inoperosità del potere. E il sovrano/dio è ozioso perchè non governa se non attraverso un'amministrazione delegata (oikonomia) che si incarica di esercitare il potere in suo nome. Ciò che precede la creazione del mondo e rimane dopo la sua fine -la ...more
Errol Orhan
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The analysis is super interesting, providing insights on political theology in general, the way it is applied by Schmitt and the way it is applied by Peterson. Furthermore, it deals in great detail with theology, angelology and providence. Agamben's greatest contribution with this book is probably that it unravels the history of the term 'economy'. What it does not do, in spite of what it promises, is a radical theory of the political. It wants to, but ends up juxtaposing Habermas and Grimm. Lea ...more
Nindyo Sasongko
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I come across Agamben, the more I am in affection to the way he's pouring out his brilliant mind. The Kingdom and Glory is the culmination of his 'Homo Sacer' and his 'State of Exception.' One book that provokes us who are thinking that reality is just as it is. Reality is construction. Christian reality is political construction. So, what is Truth?
This is a really good volume and has a lot of insight into the condition of the theology underlying governance but also has this like *extremely irritating* and pedantic tone that Agamben is fond of along with just bricks of untranslated Latin that assume i (or any reader) is fluent that really keep it from being a 4 star book (more 3.5 stars)
Mar 13, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Note to self:

Recommended by Davide "We need a new political model which means we need a new economy".

Youtube video to watch by the author :
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book ned a lot of time to read for me a non philosophical man. One has to know the 20th centrury philosophy of Europe to fully appreciate the idea behind the book...still fighting with it :-)
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Giorgio Agamben is one of the leading figures in Italian and contemporary continental philosophy. He is the author of Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life; Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive; Profanations; The Signature of All Things: On Method, and other books. Through the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s he treated a wide range of topics, including aesthetics, literature, langu ...more

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