The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts

The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts


In contemporary years, the increase of fundamentalism and a similar flip to faith within the humanities have ended in a strong resurgence of curiosity within the challenge of political theology. In a critique of this modern fascination with the theological underpinnings of contemporary politics, Victoria Kahn proposes a go back to secularism—whose origins she locates within the paintings, literature, and political conception of the early glossy period—and argues in protection of literature and paintings as a strength for secular liberal culture.

Kahn attracts on theorists corresponding to Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, Walter Benjamin, and Hannah Arendt and their readings of Shakespeare, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Spinoza to demonstrate that the discussion among those sleek and early sleek figures may also help us reconsider the modern challenge of political theology. Twentieth-century critics, she indicates, observed the early smooth interval as a holiday from the older type of political theology that entailed the theological legitimization of the kingdom. really, the interval signaled a brand new emphasis on an earthly idea of human supplier and a brand new preoccupation with the methods artwork and fiction intersected the terrain of religion. 

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