Crediting God: Sovereignty and Religion in the Age of Global Capitalism

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CHAPTER 12
Drawing—the Single Trait:
Toward a Politics of Singularity

Samuel Weber

Politics, in its theory and even more in its practice, has always tended to subordinate the singular to the general, generally by equating it with the particular, which, qua “part,” already implies its dependency upon and subservience to a “whole.” At the same time—a “time” that is first of all that of Western “modernity,” here defined as the period ushered in by the Reformation, the ensuing Wars of Religion and the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) and extending until today, “postmodernism” notwithstanding— theoreticians of “liberal democracy” have sought to legitimate the institution in which the Whole materializes itself politically—either juridically, as the nation-state, or morally, as “the people”—as providing the indispensable condition for the development of the individual qua self-fulfillment. Nothing is more familiar than this claim, going back at least to Hobbes, and yet nothing is more enigmatic. For after all, what is a “self” and what does its “fulfillment” entail?

In the Christian tradition out of whose crisis the political systems and strategies of “Western modernity” develop, the self is generally understood as that which marks the ability of an individual to stay the same over time. In this sense, the self can be considered as the secular successor of the “soul.” As the quintessence of the “individual,” the self thereby becomes humanized. For we—“we” here being especially English-speakers1—can

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