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DSPO 2145A - Political Theology

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

It would be complicated today to find a more widely shared idea, than the one which puts at the center of modern times the triumph of secularisation. Nevertheless, this apparent evidence cannot reduce the problematic nature of these polysemous notions. The disappearance of trenscendence and the rationalisation of the world which dominated the XXth century seemed to confirm an unprecedented disjonction between politics and religion. However, the step back in the 1980's of the materialistic and revolutionary ideologies made the scene more complex, opposing the new vulgate of the « return of religion » to the previous vulgate of the « end of religion ». The aim of this course is to discover, through Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Schmitt and Blumenberg, this branch of political philosophy, which tries to identify how theological and political concepts are linked.


COLOSIMO, Anastasia G. (Doctorante)

Course validation

- An oral presentation about links between religion and politics in a specific country. (30% of the final course mark) ; - An oral exam of 20 minutes with 20 minutes of preparation. The student will randomly pick a subject and will be evaluated as much on his knowledge as on his own ideas on the subject. (50% of the final course mark) ; - Oral participation throughout the semester both after the presentations and during discussions. (20% of the final course mark).

Required reading

  • LOWITH Karl, Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History
  • BLUMENBERG Hans, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age