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Fall 2017 Religion GU4220 section 001
POLITICAL THEOLOGY

Call Number 11349
Day & Time
Location
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
201 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Dotan Leshem
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Prerequisites: Prior coursework in Religion, MESAAS, political theory, or related field is advised. This reading-intensive course will engage the notion of “political theology,” a phrase that emerges within the Western tradition (Varro, Augustine) and has become instrumental in thinking and institutionalizing the distinction between religion and politics over the course of the twentieth century.  We will take as our point of departure the key texts that have revived this notion (Schmitt, Kantorowicz), and engage their interpretation of the Bible and of Augustine and medieval followers. We will then examine the role of Spinoza and Moses Mendelsohn, the extension of the notion of religion to “the East” (Said, Grosrichard, Asad), and conclude with some of the current debates over secularization in the colonizing and colonized world.
The main part of the course will be dedicated to the question of religion as it informs our thinking of disciplinary divisions.  Is religion a sphere than can be isolated? How did it become so? What are the effects of this isolation?   
Web Site CourseWorks
Department Religion
Enrollment 9 students (25 max) as of 12:15AM Saturday, November 18, 2017
Subject Religion
Number GU4220
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Barnard, General Studies, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, School of the Arts, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, International and Public Affairs, School of Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173RELI4220W001

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