TITLE

A THEO-POLITICS OF THE (IM) PROPER: JACQUES DERRIDA VIS-A-VIS GRAHAM WARD

AUTHOR(S)
Miller, Daniel
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
Political Theology;Jan2011, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Scholars from a variety of disciplines have questioned the adequacy of secular liberal democracy as a model for the socio-political, leading to a number of responses. This article examines and critiques the sociopolitical proposal of the theologian Graham Ward, who argues that theological communities provide the only means of exceeding the play of commodified surfaces in the cultural context of advanced capitalism. The difficulty is that, due to the metaphysical structure around which Ward constructs his theo-political edifice, his proposal leads to a dangerous form of identity politics. The critique of Ward's position is drawn from the thought of Jacques Derrida, who also questions the adequacy of secular liberal democracy. Derrida's religious formulation of the "tout autre" (wholly other) disrupts the metaphysical closure postulated by Ward and leads to an alternative socio-political vision. In contrast to Ward, Derrida's model of the theo-political is defined by the disruption of identity politics.
ACCESSION #
58657037

 

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