Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Giorgio Agamben


In this follow-up to The nation and the Glory and The optimum Poverty, Agamben investigates the roots of our ethical inspiration of responsibility within the concept and perform of Christian liturgy. starting with the recent testomony and dealing via to past due scholasticism and sleek papal encyclicals, Agamben lines the Church's makes an attempt to copy Christ's unrepeatable sacrifice. the most important here's the paradoxical determine of the priest, who turns into increasingly more a natural tool of God's energy, in order that his personal causes and personality are solely detached so long as he incorporates out his priestly tasks. In modernity, Agamben argues, the Christian priest has turn into the version moral topic. We see this chiefly in Kantian ethics. Contrasting the Christian and sleek ontology of responsibility with the classical ontology of being, Agamben contends that Western philosophy has opened up within the pressure among the 2. This most recent installment within the learn of Western political buildings all started in Homo Sacer is a contribution to the examine of liturgy, an extension of Nietzsche's family tree of morals, and a transforming of Heidegger's heritage of Being.

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