Psychedelic Aesthetics, Political Theology, and Religion

  • Roger K. Green


This chapter frames some of the discursive moves in discussions about political-theological underwriting of liberalism. It argues that taking a longer view of European-inflected thought helps us to see more clearly what is manifested in psychedelic aesthetics. It gives background on the concept of “political theology” and explains why the concept is important for an analysis of psychedelic aesthetics. It connects European pessimism about contemporary life with social experiments of the merry pranksters in the 1960s, addressing some of the New Journalism of the period. It incorporates pessimistic turns toward the end of the 1960s and the political mythologies liberals and conservatives use when referencing the period, suggesting that psychedelic aesthetics blur the lines between political metaphors of “left” and “right.”


Political theology Postsecular Carl Schmitt Liberalism Terry Gilliam Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests Buribunk Psychedelic Aesthetics Theodore Roszak Christopher Lasch Mircea Eliade Abington School District v. Schempp Telos (journal) Walter Benjamin State of exception Giorgio Agamben Psychedelic aesthetics Citizenship Gnosticism Richard Rorty 

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  • Roger K. Green
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishMetropolitan State University of DenverDenverUSA

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