Dr Luke Collison lectures at University of Cologne. He is a recent PhD graduate from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London. His research focuses on the intersection of political theory and religion (political theology). His dissertation addressed questions of political authority and religious practices in the works of Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Amity and Enmity: On Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (Edinburgh University Press) and is currently working on a monograph on the theory and structure of politico-religious practices in Hobbes, Schmitt and Foucault.
The modern state form itself is inextricable from the commandement, not just as an emblem for sovereignty in Schmitt’s sense, but also because the exemplary political form of modernity, the nation-state, has racist and exclusionary tendencies that can be understood as political-theological transfers of monotheistic principles.