The Withholding Power An Essay on Political Theology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-10-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The first English translation of his work, The Witholding Power, offers a fascinating introduction to the thought of Italian philosopher Massimo Cacciari, a prominent and provocative figure in Italian philosophy and political thought. Cacciari is a notoriously complex thinker but this title offers a starting point for entering into the very heart of his thinking. The Witholding Power provides a comprehensive and synthetic insight into his interpretation of Christian political theology and leftist Italian political theory more generally.

The theme of katechon - originally a biblical concept which has been developed into a political concept - has been absolutely central to the work of Italian philosophers such as Agamben and Eposito for nearly twenty years. In The Witholding Power, Cacciari sets forth his startlingly original perspective on the influence the theological-political questions have traditionally exerted upon ideas of power, sovereignty and the relationship between political and religious authority.

With a lengthy introduction by Howard Caygill contextualising the work within the history of Italian thought, this title will offer those coming to Cacciari for the first time a searing insight into his political, theological and philosophical milieu.

Author Biography

Massimo Cacciari is a Italian politician and one of the most influential social philosophers in Italy. He has been Dean of Philosophy at the Universit San Raffaele in Milan and is a former Mayor of Venice.

Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, UK. He is author of the best-selling title On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Edi Pucci is a journalist and translator.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Howard Caygill

1.The Problem of Political Theology
2. Empire and the Katechon
3. Epoch and The Eternal
4. Quis est Katechon?
5. Excursus: 'Render unto Caesar…'
6. The Church and the Katechon
7. The Nomos of Satan
8. The Two Cities
9. The Grand Inquisitor
10. The Age of Epimetheus

Appendix:The Katechon Archive


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