The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre run jointly between the Departments of Sociology and English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University, London

Andrew Benjamin, ‘What is Political Theology?’

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Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)

Thursday 17 November 2016


Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London

The world figures within any political theology. What has altered and thus what has to be drawn into any thinking of a political theology is a shift in the world’s presence. A transformation of the world remains the project of a political theology. And yet, this claim has become complicated. It is equally true, now, that world itself is in a process of change; a process that is an opening to the world’s destruction. However, this destruction is not the one that figures within the conventions of a political theology. On the contrary, it is form of destruction that is inextricably tied to the presence of catastrophic climate change as a genuine possibility. Hence the question that has to emerge – given the centrality of the world within any thinking of a political theology – concerns the impact of this modality of destruction on political theology as a mode of thought.

Andrew Benjamin is a thinker and writer of international standing with a vast body of work on painting, architecture, philosophy and aesthetics. During his career, Andrew has held high-profile posts at Warwick University in the UK, and Monash University, Australia. His recent publications include: Of Jews and Animals, Commonality Place and Judgement: Continental Philosophy and the Ancient Greeks and Architectural Projections.

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