Vol. 40 No. 1 (2020): Patterns of Contemporary Nihilism

Potentially, Relationality and the Problem of Actualisation

Andrew Benjamin
University of Technology, Sydney

Published 2020-06-01


  • political theology,
  • law,
  • life,
  • sovereignty,
  • nihilism

How to Cite

Benjamin, A. (2020). Potentially, Relationality and the Problem of Actualisation. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 40(1), 115–124. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v40i1.92


This lecture outlines elements central to the project of rethinking the concerns of political theology. The lecture seeks to integrate that thinking into the development of a philosophy of life; life defined by an already given relation to the law. Maintaining the law, which is the stance against nihilism, whilst complicating the way law is understood, involves a shift in how sovereignty would itself then be conceived.