From the Critique of Heaven to the Critique of the Earth - Karl Marx's Critique of Political Theology

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    The project consist of a critique of political theology, that is, the essentially religious conception of the state as a sovereign subject that transcends and determines society from without. A conception which, in spite of its descriptive limitations and normative implications, remains predominant within contemporary political theory. It is argued that the contradiction between state and society that derives from the implicit transcendent-theological lineage and structure of contemporary political theory, can be overcome via the (post-)Hegelian resources of Karl Marx’s unfinished Critique of Hegel’s Doctrine of State, which has remained largely ignored in the literature. Marx’s resolution emphasizes the primacy of society (and/as economy) in regards to the state, without therefore resorting to abstract negation of political theology as most prior critiques have done. Rather he suggests that it is precisely the social significance of this idea and concomitant practices, which constitutes the earthly existence of the modern state. The project thus aims to develop a ‘profane’ reconceptualization of the modern state, via Marx’s reflexive engagement with and critique of political theology.

    The project is supervised by Associate Professor Allan Dreyer Hansen (Roskilde University) and Associate Professor Noel Parker (Copenhagen University).
    Effektiv start/slut dato01/01/2014 → …


    • 4 Paper
    • 1 Ph.d.-afhandling
    • 1 Tidsskriftartikel

    From the Critique of the Heavens to the Critique of the Earth: Karl Marx's Critique of Political Theology

    Bidragets oversatte titel: Fra kritikken af himlen til kritikken af jorden: Karl Marx' kritik af politisk teologiFlohr, M., 2019, Roskilde: Roskilde Universitet. 422 s.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

    Fra kritikken af himlen til kritikken af jorden: bidrag til rekonstruktionen af Marx’ ufærdige kritik af politisk teologi

    Flohr, M., 2018, I : Slagmark. 77, s. 149-172

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    The young Marx on constituent power and “true democracy.”

    Flohr, M., 10 sep. 2016.

    Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskningpeer review

    From the Critique of the Heavens to the Critique of the Earth: Preliminary notes on Marx's Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of State

    Flohr, M., 21 maj 2015, (Accepteret/In press).

    Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskningpeer review