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Secular assemblages: affect, Orientalism, and power in the French enlightenment

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Taking Saba Mahmood’s question ‘Can secularism be other-wise?’ (2010) as the starting point for a critical-historical investigation of the ‘secular body’ (Asad 2003; Hirschkind 2011), my thesis develops in two stages. In the first, I argue that current works of secular theory—particularly A Secular Age (Taylor 2007)—tend to rely on an excessively rationalistic conception of Enlightenment thought for the construction of their central conceptual categories (e.g. the ‘immanent frame’...

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HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Department:
University of Oxford
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University of Pennsylvania
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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University of Tübingen
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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