Affections and Political Institutions

Joshua Hordern

in Political Affections

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646814
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744181 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Affections and Political Institutions

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Chapter 3 principally examines affections' role within the political institutions of representation and law. The eschatological emphasis is developed through Nussbaum's internally transcendent account of death, decay, and mature interdependence in which shame and disgust are classified as mainly malign emotions. For Nussbaum, both Augustinian Christianity and social contract theory fail to prepare people for citizenship in the world as it is. Her account is in conversation with O'Donovan's Augustinian political theology and the scriptures which Nussbaum's Judaism shares with the Christian tradition, such as Deuteronomy, whose festive joy is shown to be fulfilled in the gospel joy of Luke-Acts. Through examination of Christ's representative status, loyalty emerges as a shared, affective affinity between representatives and represented but is threatened by affective independence and proceduralism. The chapter's argument concludes by proposing affective resources for healthcare institutions and describes how joy, awe, compassion and shame are vital, interrelated political affections.

Keywords: joy; shame; representation; law; loyalty; healthcare; transcendence; Deuteronomy; Luke-Acts; O'Donovan

Chapter.  28539 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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