Eric L. Santner

  • Giorgio Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory

    The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government, by Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Lorenzo Chiesa with Matteo Mandarini. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. 328 pages. $25.

    EVERY PARENT—and certainly any attentive observer of parents “at work”—on some level understands the dynamic: If your authority with your children is tenuous, you end up being much more intrusively involved in the day-to-day and even minute-by-minute government of their activities. If your word carries no real symbolic power, you end up a capricious micromanager of their