Passions in Economy, Politics, and the Media

ab 29,90 

Wolfgang Palaver, Petra Steinmair-Pösel (Eds.)

In Discussion with Christian Theology

ISBN 978-3-8258-7822-8
Band-Nr. 17
Jahr 2005
Seiten 528
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Beiträge zur mimetischen Theorie. Religion – Gewalt – Kommunikation – Weltordnung


Passions play an important role in economy, politics and the media. Recent discussions of the
economy, for instance, do no longer hesitate to stress the importance of a passion like envy
functioning as a driving force in this field. Also the world of advertising illustrates the impor-
tance of passions in the economy. Modern forms of politics, on the contrary, claimed to be de-
tached from passions and to rely solely on rationality. Recent developments since the end of
the cold war, however, have clearly challenged this self-understanding of modern politics. Not
even politics can escape the world of passions. In our days, both the economy and politics de-
pend on the media, another example of a highly passionate realm.
Passions also have an important religious dimension. One of the central questions of any great
religion is how to deal with passions. This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the
phenomenon of passions in the fields of economy, politics, and the media, drawing on René
Girard’s mimetic theory as a common focusing lens. It promotes a deeper understanding of
the religious dimensions of capitalism, the contemporary return of religion to politics and the
religious implications of modern mass media.

Wolfgang Palaver is professor of Catholic social teaching at the University of Innsbruck
(Austria) and executive secretary of the „Colloquium on Violence & Religion“. His main re-
search comprises Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, democracy and theology, political economy
and globalization. His publications include the new comprehensive introduction into the work
of René Girard, René Girards mimetische Theorie (2nd ed. 2004), as well as Die mythischen
Quellen des Politischen: Carl Schmitts Freund-Feind-Theorie (1998), Vom Fluch und Segen
der Sündenböcke: Raymund Schwager zum 60. Geburtstag (1995 with J. Niewiadomski) and
Politik und Religion bei Thomas Hobbes. Eine Kritik aus der Sicht der Theorie René Girards

Petra Steinmair-Pösel is research assistant at the Department of Systematic Theology, Uni-
versity of Innsbruck. Her current research focuses on the revision of the concept of grace in
the light of Dramatic Theology. Apart from the further development of Dramatic Theology
her main research deals with mimetic theory and its applications.