The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy by Eric SantnerThe Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy by Eric Santner

The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

byEric Santner

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

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Eric Santner offers a radically new interpretation of Marx's labor theory of value as one concerned with the afterlife of political theology in secular modernity. What Marx characterized as the dual character of the labor embodied in the commodity, he argues, is the doctrine of the King's TwoBodies transferred from the political theology of sovereignty to the realm of political economy. This genealogy, leading from the fetishism of the royal body to the fetishism of the commodity, also suggests a new understanding of the irrational core at the center of economic busyness today, its 24/7pace. The frenetic negotiations of our busy-bodies continue and translate into the doxology of everyday life the liturgical labor that once sustained the sovereign's glory. Maintaining that an effective critique of capitalist political economy must engage this liturgical dimension, Santner proposesa counter-activity, which he calls "paradoxological."With commentaries by Bonnie Honig, Peter Gordon, and Hent de Vries, an introduction by Kevis Goodman, and a response from Santner, this important new book by a leading cultural theorist and scholar of German literature, cinema, and history will interest readers of political theory, literature andliterary theory, and religious studies.
Eric L. Santner is The Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. Kevis Goodman is is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Title:The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.69 × 5.59 × 1.1 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsContributorsKevis Goodman: IntroductionPrefaceLecture 1Lecture 2CommentsBonnie Honig: Charged: Debt, Power, and the Politics of the Flesh in Shakespeare's Merchant, Melville's Moby Dick, and Eric Santner's The Weight of All FleshPeter E. Gordon: Secularization, Dialectics, and Critiquehent De Vries: The Exercise of Paradoxological ThinkingEric Santner: Reply to the CommentatorsIn ResponseIndex