Images of the Crown: Depersonified Governmentalities, a New Multitude, and Primitive Thinking
Leonidas Donskis and J.D. Mininger, eds. POLITICS OTHERWISE: SHAKESPEARE AS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CRITIQUE. Value inquiry book series, Vol. 242. Rodopi, 2012, pp. 113-141
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 Last revised: 5 Feb 2014
Date Written: March 15, 2012
The paper represents the structured reflection on the images/conceptions of a crown interwoven with the interpretation of Shakespeare‘s play Richard II being the originary basis for the reflection. The first part focuses on a crown alone or as such, without any body underneath, and, therefore, the modern idea and ‘phenomenon’ of depersonified governmentalities. The second part unveils the other image and conception of a crown, which survives in modernity – the image where a crown has some body beneath being the transforming/maturating/evolving multitude. This process is still driven by the ideological forces of biopolitics and political theology, which is now only perfectly secularized. The third part is an attempt to provide with an a-modern image/conception of a crown, which could find its origins and foundations in the authentic common and natural law and primitive thinking.
Keywords: Governmentalities, multitude, biopolitics, political theology, modernity, primitive thinking, Shakespeare
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