Dispositives of political theology: Analysing non-discursive elements of the Josephinian dispositive of Pastoral Power

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Abstract

The aim of this essay is to study political theology in the context of a dispositive analysis following the conceptual framework outlined in the late work of Michel Foucault. Understanding political theology through its dispositives promises to provide an epistemological added value to traditional discourse analysis by examining discursive and non-discursive elements which were involved in the formation of the modern concept of pastoral power. It is further argued that this modern form of pastoral power emerged during the era of Enlightenment and gave birth to a specific institutional political theology legitimizing a progressive restoration of absolutist rule.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPast and Present Political Theology
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding the Canon
EditorsDennis Vanden Auweele, Miklos Vassányi
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter9
Pages154-175
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780367808907
ISBN (Print)9780367407551
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • dispositive political theology
  • pastoral theology
  • pastoral power
  • Michel Foucault
  • enlightened absolutism

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