Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty Giorgio Agamben

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Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty  by  Giorgio Agamben

Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty by Giorgio Agamben
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In this follow-up to The Kingdom and the Glory and The Highest Poverty, Agamben investigates the roots of our moral concept of duty in the theory and practice of Christian liturgy. Beginning with the New Testament and working through to lateMoreIn this follow-up to The Kingdom and the Glory and The Highest Poverty, Agamben investigates the roots of our moral concept of duty in the theory and practice of Christian liturgy.

Beginning with the New Testament and working through to late scholasticism and modern papal encyclicals, Agamben traces the Churchs attempts to repeat Christs unrepeatable sacrifice. Crucial here is the paradoxical figure of the priest, who becomes more and more a pure instrument of Gods power, so that his own motives and character are entirely indifferent as long as he carries out his priestly duties.

In modernity, Agamben argues, the Christian priest has become the model ethical subject. We see this above all in Kantian ethics. Contrasting the Christian and modern ontology of duty with the classical ontology of being, Agamben contends that Western philosophy has unfolded in the tension between the two. This latest installment in the study of Western political structures begun in Homo Sacer is a contribution to the study of liturgy, an extension of Nietzsches genealogy of morals, and a reworking of Heideggers history of Being.



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