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An Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Institute of Latin American Studies invites you to its talk titled An Archaeology of the
Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present about the book with the same title, authored by Elías José Palti .
The discussion will include Elías José Palti, Federico Finchelstein, and Martin Burke.
In the past few decades, much political-philosophical reflection has been dedicated to the realm of “the political.” Many of the key figures in contemporary political theory—Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou, Reinhart Koselleck, Giorgio Agamben, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj Žižek, among others—have dedicated themselves to explaining power relations, but in many cases they take the concept of the political for granted, as if it were a given, an eternal essence.
In An Archaeology of the Political, Elías José Paltiargues that the dimension of reality known as the political is not a natural, transhistorical entity. Instead, he claims that the horizon of the political arose in the context of a series of changes that affirmed the power of absolute monarchies in seventeenth-century Europe and was successively reconfigured from this period up to the present. Palti traces this series of redefinitions accompanying alterations in regimes of power, thus describing a genealogy of the concept of the political. Perhaps most important, An Archaeology of the Political brings to theoretical discussions a sound historical perspective, illuminating the complex influences of both theology and secularization on our understanding of the political in the contemporary world.
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