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    In the sovereign machine: sovereignty, governmentality, automaticity.Arthur Bradley - 2018 - Journal for Cultural Research 22 (3):209-223.
    This essay explores a series of sovereign ‘machines’ – slaves, puppets, automata – in political theory from Benjamin to Agamben. It is now well-documented that the philosophical question of ‘the machine’ – of whether a complex system requires a human operator or whether it can function autonomously – is also a crucial political question that haunts every discussion of sovereignty from Hobbes onwards. However, my wager in what follows is that this machine is not just a metaphor for a metaphysical (...)
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    Derrida's Of Grammatology:A Philosophical Guide.Arthur Bradley - unknown
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    Derrida's of Grammatology: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide.Arthur Bradley - 2008 - Indiana University Press.
    Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary philosophy, literary theory, and intellectual history. Arthur Bradley's guide proves clear, careful, and sober commentary to explicate this pathbreaking work. Suitable for readers at all levels and in all disciplines, this guide is a welcome resource for understanding this key text.
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    Hobbes’s Medeas.Arthur Bradley - 2024 - Philosophy Today 68 (1):9-25.
    This article explores Thomas Hobbes’s political translations of Euripides’s Medea and, particularly, his representation of the Dionysian ritual of killing and dismembering a sacrificial victim (sparagmos). To answer the question of what forms political theology may take in modernity, I contend that Hobbes seeks to reverse the political theological meaning of ancient Greek sparagmos—which was originally depicted in Euripides as a legitimate religious sacrifice whose objective was to reunify the polis—by turning it into a senseless act of political violence that (...)
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    Originary technicity: the theory of technology from Marx to Derrida.Arthur Bradley - 2011 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Life -- Labour -- Psyche -- Being -- The other -- Time -- Death.
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    Derrida's God: A Genealogy of the Theological Turn.Arthur Bradley - 2006 - Paragraph 29 (3):21-42.
    This article offers a genealogy of Jacques Derrida's philosophy of religion and the so-called ‘theological turn’ in deconstruction more generally. It is in three main parts. Firstly, it argues that it is possible to detect a problematic turn from what we might call a historical or material Derrida to an ethical Derrida that finds its logical culmination in the current theological turn within deconstruction. Secondly, the article contends that the later Derrida's adoption of a quasi-religious vocabulary risks producing an increasingly (...)
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    Human Interest: Usury from Luther to Bentham.Arthur Bradley - forthcoming - Theory, Culture and Society.
    This article revisits a set of classic political, theological and economic scenes in the (early) modern debate on usury from Luther to Bentham. To summarize, I argue that this theory of usury – which polemically mobilizes counter-Aristotelian tropes of the breeding, reproduction and husbandry of money – might also be read as a theory of what Foucault famously calls pastoral power. If this debate nominally concerns the ‘repeal’ of the ancient prohibition against money-lending at interest, I argue that what is (...)
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    Unspeakable.Arthur Bradley - 2023 - Filozofski Vestnik 44 (1):97-112.
    In order to speak in the voice of “the pervert,” psychoanalysis inevitably find itself performing the classic rhetorical act of prosopopoeia whereby an imagined, absent, or dead person is represented as speaking. To re-read Jacques-Alain Miller’s classic essay “On Perversion” (1996), for example, we find that the pervert is adjudged to be “unspeakable”—in every sense of that word—and so they can only be ventriloquized by the figure of the analyst. If the analyst seeks to speak on behalf of the pervert, (...)
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    Negative theology and modern French philosophy.Arthur Bradley - 2004 - New York: Routledge.
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    Religion after Metaphysics, edited by Mark A. Wrathall.Arthur Bradley - 2006 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 37 (1):95-97.
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    The Messianic Now: Philosophy, Religion, Culture.Arthur Bradley & Paul Fletcher (eds.) - 2011 - Routledge.
    This collection explores the phenomenon of the messianic in contemporary philosophy, religion and culture. From the later Derrida’s work on Marx and Benjamin to Agamben and Badiou’s recent texts on St Paul, it is becoming possible to detect a marked ‘messianic turn’ in contemporary continental thought. However, despite the plethora of work in the field there has not been any sustained attempt to think through the larger philosophical, theological and cultural implications of this phenomenon. What, then, characterises our contemporary messianic (...)
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    Terrors of Theory: Critical Theory of Terror from Kojève to Žižek.Arthur Bradley - 2020 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2020 (190):157-176.
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    Without negative theology: Deconstruction and the politics of negative theology.Arthur Bradley - 2001 - Heythrop Journal 42 (2):133–147.
    This article explores Derrida's reading of negative theology and, in particular, his dramatic claim that there would be no politics ‘without’ negative theology. It begins by summarising the general thrust of Derrida's critique of negative theology. It then focuses upon the complex history of the term ‘without’ in Derrida's texts on Pseudo‐Dionysius, Angelus Silesius and others. Finally, the article places this reading of negative theology in the context of the so‐called ‘political turn’ in Derrida's texts in recent years. The concept (...)
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