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Taking detours toward the Aufhebung of Religion: Roland Boer on the attachment between Marxism and political myth

Jeffs, Rory 2016, Taking detours toward the Aufhebung of Religion: Roland Boer on the attachment between Marxism and political myth, Critical research on religion, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 190-198, doi: 10.1177/2050303216647106.

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Title Taking detours toward the Aufhebung of Religion: Roland Boer on the attachment between Marxism and political myth
Author(s) Jeffs, Rory
Journal name Critical research on religion
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 190
End page 198
Total pages 9
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 2050-3032
2050-3040
Keyword(s) Marxism
theology
criticism of heaven and earth
Roland Boer
political myth
Summary This article responds to Roland Boer’s Marxism and Theology (2007–13) that offers a unique contribution to understanding the current impasse in revolutionary Left politics and illustrates the importance of the numerous references to theology in Marxist literature. In this response, I focus on Boer's argument of Marxism and Judaeo-Christian theology occupying a similar contested space with respect to their uses of “political myth.” I argue that the key to Boer’s critical project is a two-pronged approach: “materializing” theology and “theologizing” historical materialism. For this critical endeavor to make inroads, it relies not just on the ambivalence of political myth, but also that myths are essential to Marxist theories of emancipation, as well as to Marx’s notion of “the Aufhebung of Religion.” I focus on two figures: Ernst Bloch as a Marxist who emphasizes myth’s emancipatory qualities; and Theodor Adorno as wary of myth while adhering to the theological motif of the bilderverbot. From this analysis, we can begin to see how much Boer’s project depends on a wager on political myth itself.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2050303216647106
Field of Research 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091404

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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