Political and economic theology after Carl Schmitt: The confessional logic of deferment

Journal for Cultural Research 2022:1-13 (2022)
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Abstract

Carl Schmitt’s critical insights into ‘economic-technical thinking’ and the dominant role that a ‘magical technicity’ is said to assume in the social horizon of his times offers an opportunity to reframe contemporary debates on political and economic theology, exposing a theological core behind technocratic administration. Starting from this premise, the article engages with recent inquiries into so-called ‘debt economy’, assessing the affective function that ‘deferment’ and ‘confession’ perform as dominant operators in the social imaginary of neoliberal governance.

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Andrea Mura
Goldsmiths College, University of London

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