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THE RELIGION OF CAPITAL: SOME UNFAITHFUL REFLECTIONS ON WEBER, BENJAMIN AND AGAMBEN

Seminar by Dr Alberto Toscano (Sociology, Goldsmiths), which is part of RUPE Political Theology seminar series 2013

14 March 2013, 05:30 – 19:30

Richard Hoggart Building, Room 141
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

This talk will explore the links between political theology and economic theology that can be gleaned from the writings of Max Weber, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and others (among whom Marx’s nephew Paul Lafargue, author of the curious drama ‘The Religion of Capital’). The aim of the exercise will be to ascertain the extent to which a confrontation with the real abstractions of capital can serve to problematise the recent centrality ascribed to political theology in general, and sovereignty in particular, as a matrix for social power in our societies. Or, what the abstract domination of capitalist equivalence as ‘the religion of everyday life’ (Marx) may tell us about the continued function of the sovereign decision.

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/alberto-toscano-the-religion-of-capital-some-unfaithful-reflections-on-weber-benjamin-and-agamben-goldsmiths-14-march

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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