As part of the series Rethinking the Human Sciences, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society presents:

The Pastoral and Theological Origins of Liberal Governmentality

A talk by ICLS Visiting Scholar Dotan Leshem.


The presentation will explore three of the tenants of Greek patristic political theory: the distinction between ecclesiastical economy and imperial politics; the subjugation of politics in the service of the “economy of the mysteries”; and the bounded self-subjection of the human person to the governing authorities. Dr. Leshem will seek to demonstrate how patristic political theory is originated in Trinitarian theology and Christology, and he will criticize received views on the Christian origins of political and economic theology, such as those implied by Carl Schmitt’s political theology and Giorgio Agamben’s economic theology.