Depotenzierung der Souveränität 978-3-16-154353-1 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Rebekka A. Klein

Depotenzierung der Souveränität

Religion und politische Ideologie bei Claude Lefort, Slavoj Zizek und Karl Barth

[Attenuating Sovereignty. Religion and Political Ideology in Claude Lefort, Slavoj Žižek and Karl Barth.]

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Belief in sovereignty relies on the fiction that absolute power is actually able to really exist and stably endure, thus bestowing political ideologies with necessarily totalitarian purposes. With reference to the critiques of sovereignty by the philosophers Claude Lefort and Slavoj Žižek and theologian Karl Barth, Rebekka A. Klein clarifies how such ideologies can be exposed and defused.
The concept of sovereignty as characterised by Hobbes has shown itself to be crucial to politics and theology right up to the present. According to Carl Schmitt, it implies a law-positing power itself beyond the law which stems from the early Modern Age's metaphysical-theological inheritance. In contrast, the current political discourse no longer sees sovereignty as an inheritance of theology, but rather as a product of man's political imagination.
Belief in sovereignty relies on the fiction that absolute power is actually able to really exist and stably endure, thus bestowing political ideologies with necessarily totalitarian purposes. With reference to the critiques of sovereignty by the philosophers Claude Lefort and Slavoj Žižek and theologian Karl Barth, Rebekka A. Klein clarifies how such ideologies can be exposed and defused. The three thinkers initiate an attenuation of the concept of sovereignty by reinforcing its subversive.
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Rebekka A. Klein Geboren 1980; 1999–2005 Studium der Ev. Theologie in Halle/S., Zürich und Marburg; 2009 Promotion; 2015 Habilitation; seit 2017 Professorin für Systematische Theologie/Ökumene und Dogmatik an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9665-4759

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In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 135–137 (Jochen Bohn)