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TwoThe Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought$
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Roberto Esposito

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267613

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267613.001.0001

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The Place of Thought

The Place of Thought

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(p.143) 3 The Place of Thought
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Roberto Esposito

, Zakiya Hanafi
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267613.003.0007

This chapter examines the question of the ‘place’ of thought, generally located inside the mind of individual people. This placement is precisely what constitutes the philosophical presupposition of the juridical order, founded on the idea of the personal responsibility of the individual. Outside this tradition, which is both a philosophical and political-theological one, there stand a few thinkers who, in various forms, tend to conceive of thought not as a property of the individual person, but as a common resource that can be drawn on every time one thinks, without necessarily making it one’s own. For these thinkers, thought is a sort of potentiality external to the human mind that is actualized whenever someone is thinking. Authors such as Averroes (the great interpreter of Aristotle), Giordano Bruno, Spinoza, Schelling, Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze belong in various ways to this heretical conception that forms in opposition to the political-theological tradition.

Keywords:   impersonality, judgment, life, power, thought

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