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Friday, February 12, 2010

Medieval political theology and the corporation

Here's a lecture by Catholic academic Eugene McCarraher on social justice and the corproation as a person (remember the latest Supreme Court decision - Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit?). All I know about corporations I learned from The X-Files :) so it was interesting to listen to a lecture that began with a mention of The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology ......


Anonymous Term Paper said...

Thanks for sharing this video i was searching this from a very long time.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

I'll have to take a look at that when I get the chance. That's a very important (dense, but cool) book.

Weird -- the word verification I have is "tholegie" -- almost the word "theology."

9:03 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Term Paper,

Thanks for the comment.

12:51 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Liam,

When he mentioned the book, I wondered if you'd heard of it. Is that where the term "body politic" comes from?

12:53 PM  
Blogger Liam said...

I think "body politic" is an old idea, but it's the kind of thing Kantoriwitz talks about.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Paul Maurice Martin said...

Gotta love the corporation as "person" and money as "free speech." I guess big business, with the help of its selected representatives, is developing its very own theology - perhaps "tholegie..."

Maybe we just have to hope it turns out that the Corporation is three persons in one and can save us.

4:02 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


Yes, Professor McCarraher at one point compared the corporation o the mystical body of Christ :) It is interesting how much corporations have changed over the years, it seems all for the worse.

5:27 PM  

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