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The Political Theology of Schelling

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A rigorous examination of Schelling's theologico-political works, set against his contemporary, Hegel

Saitya Brata Das rigorously examines the theologico-political works of F. W. J. von Schelling and sets his thought against Hegel's more dominant approach. He argues that Schelling inaugurates a new thinking outside of Occidental metaphysics, by a paradoxical manner of exit, which prepares for the post-metaphysical philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Franz Rosenzweig and Jacques Derrida.

This new reflection, outside of the Universal world-historical politics of modernity, is achieved by re-thinking religion as eschatology. Intervening in contemporary debates on post-secularism and the return to religion, Das shows that religion, in an essential sense, always opens up infinitude from the heart of finitude, to an irreducible outside of the profane order of worldly hegemonies. Religion here assumes a negative political theology of exception without sovereign power.

Author: Das Saitya Brata
Pages: 261
ISBN: 9781474432221
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2018


Preface by Gerard Bensussan


1. Actuality without Potentiality

2. The Rhythm of History

3. The Beatific Life

4. The Irreducible Remainder

5. The Non-Sovereign Exception

6. The Tragic Dissonance



Saitya Brata Das teaches philosophy and literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is a former Post-Doctorate Fellow at UFR Philosophie, Universite de Marc Bloch at Strasbourg (France).

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