This paper confronts the medieval Church with Foucault´s conceptualization of Christendom in his writing on governmentality. In order to do so, this paper analyzes the formation of an ecclesiastical dual rule –jurisdiccional and pastoral– from the perspective of a genealogy of western political forms. For this purpose, a critical dialogue is stablished with Foucault’s analytics of pastoral power and of the subjectivation technologies involved in it. While the transformations supported by the pontifical power gave rise to the first western juridical system, the ecclesiastical institution implemented services of c ura animarum throughout Christianity. Further, this salvation economy leaned on an unprecedented legal rule that turned pastoral power into a twofold rule, both sovereign and governmental. This paper argues that such an interpretation expounds the problems of the dichotomy government/sovereignity, on which Foucault founds his analytics of pastoral power and his genealogy of governmentality.
Keywords Foucault  Iglesia medieval  Medieval Church  cristianismo medieval  governmentality  gubernamentalidad  historia del poder  history of power  medieval christendom  pastoral power  poder pastoral  religion of salvation  religión de salvación  soberanía  sovereignty  teoría del poder.  theory of power
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DOI 10.5209/ASHF.59179
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