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Religion After Invention, or Cosmopolitics - ARL100338
Anglický název: Religion After Invention, or Cosmopolitics
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / 20 (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: http://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=8042
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Garant: Mgr. Milan Kroulík
Vyučující: Mgr. Milan Kroulík
Třída: A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Filosofie, náboženství
Exchange - 08.1 Philosophy
Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Milan Kroulík (11.09.2019)
The “Invention of Religion” discourse has demonstrated how the concept of religion is not a universal, but a historically specific formation with its own cultural baggage and politics. However, the thought practices it is based in cannot overcome the limits inherent to deconstruction, i.e. this line of research can only show the limits of concepts such as religion or culture. Meanwhile scholarship on the edges of anthropology and STS (science and technology studies) offers ways out of this dilemma, while accepting its criticisms.

This course aims to first outline the deconstructive approach to religion, trace some of the historical reasons for why religion today appears as a really existing thing “out there” and then move on to introduce an alternative way to think religion, culture and politics. Namely, following the work of Bruno Latour, I introduce the concept of “cosmopolitics”, while a related term in this research is “practical ontologies”. The selection of texts hopes to make clear the radicality, pertinence and appropriateness of the introduced concepts and scholars for our times.

The course will take place once a month. In between meetings, there will be weekly reading and writing assignments which will form the basis for class discussions. Some knowledge in contemporary philosophy is of advantage but not necessary. In case of excessive enrollment, preference will be given to religious studies students.
Deskriptory - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Milan Kroulík (25.09.2019)


This will be a monthly seminar. In the first week of the semester, there will be an introductory class. During the course of the semester students will send in written homework in the form of abstracts from texts they will read. The exam will take the form of a discussion based on a text you will hand in beforehand.


Room 303 in HYB4 

Hybernská 998/4, 110 00 Nové Město




1.10., 17:30 – 18:15

21.10., 17:30 – 20:45, Part 1

18.11., 17:30 – 20:45, Part 2

16.12., 17:30 – 20:45, Part 3

6.1., 17:30 – 20:45, Part 4

Požadavky ke zkoušce
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Milan Kroulík (11.09.2019)


    • Active Participation 40%

    • Homework 35%

    • Exam 25%


Examination: To finish the course, each student will have to write a blog post related to the discussed topics. The aim is to learn to write for a wider public. As an alternative you can make a vlog entry. This will serve as a basis for an oral examination. Details will be given in the introductory class.


Since this is an Erasmus course, you will receive a grade.

Poslední úprava: Mgr. Milan Kroulík (11.09.2019)

Part 1: Inventions & Provincializations


Asad, Talal. 1993. “The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category,” in T. Asad. Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore–London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 27–54.

Fitzgerald, Timothy. 2000. “Part IV: Problems with the Category 'Culture',” in T. Fitzgerald, The Ideology of Religious Studies. New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 221–251.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2000. “Introduction: The Idea of Provincializing Europe” & “Reason and the Critique of Historicism,” in D. Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 3–23 & 237–255.


Part 2: Cosmological Realism


Stolow, Jeremy. 2013. “Introduction: Religion, Technology and the Thing in Between,” in J. Stolow ed., Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology and the Thing in Between. New York: Fordham University Press, 1–22.

Sahlins, Marshall. 1996. “The Sadness of Sweetness: The Native Anthropology of Western Cosmology.” Current Anthropology 37.3: 395–428.

Löwy, Michael. 2009. “Capitalism as Religion: Walter Benjamin and Max Weber.” Historical Materialism, 17: 60–73.

Gad, Christopher et al. 2015. “Practical Ontology: Worlds in STS and Anthropology.” NatureCulture 3: 67–86.

Latour, Bruno. 2004. “Whose Cosmos, Which Cosmopolitics? Comments on the Peace Terms of Ulrich Beck.” Common Knowledge 10.3: 450–62.


Part 3: Cosmopolitics


Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo. 2011. “Zeno and the art of anthropology: of lies, beliefs, paradoxes, and other truths.” Common Knowledge 17.1: 128–145.

Blaser, Mario. 2016. “Is another cosmopolitics possible?” Cultural Anthropology 31.4: 545–570.

Harris, Oliver J. T. & John Robb. 2012. “Multiple Ontologies and the Problem of the Body in History.” AmericanAnthropologist 114.4: 668–679.


Part 4: Margins


Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 1994. “From the Margins.” Cultural Anthropology 9: 279–297.

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