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

Eric Santner and Kevis Goodman

Abstract

This book 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, it argues, is the doctrine of the King’s Two Bodies 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 24/7 pace. Th ... More

Keywords: liturgy, political economy, political theology, royal remains, spectral materiality, value, commodity, paradoxological critique, busy-body, flesh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190254087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190254087.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Santner, author
The Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, University of Chicago

Kevis Goodman, editor
Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

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Introduction

Kevis Goodman

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

Eric L. Santner

Preface

Eric L. Santner, Bonnie Honig, Peter E. Gordon, Hent de Vries, and Kevis Goodman

Lecture 1

Eric L. Santner, Bonnie Honig, Peter E. Gordon, Hent de Vries, and Kevis Goodman

Lecture 2

Eric L. Santner, Bonnie Honig, Peter E. Gordon, Hent de Vries, and Kevis Goodman

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