Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought (BOK)

Julie E. Cooper

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Secularism is usually thought to contain the project of self-deification, in which humans attack God's authority in order to take his place. Julie E. Cooper overturns this conception through an incisive analysis of the early modern justifications for secular politics. While she agrees that secularism is a means of empowerment, she argues that we have misunderstood the sources of secular empowerment and the kinds of strength to which it aspires. Contemporary understandings of secularism, Cooper contends, have been shaped by a limited understanding of it as a shift from vulnerability to power. But the works of the foundational thinkers of secularism tell a different story. Analyzing the writings of Hobbes, Spinoza, and Rousseau at the moment of secularity's inception, she shows that all three understood that acknowledging one's limitations was a condition of successful self-rule. And while all three invited humans to collectively build and sustain a political world, their invitations did not amount to self-deification. Cooper establishes that secular politics as originally conceived does not require a choice between power and vulnerability. Rather, it challenges us - today as then - to reconcile them both as essential components of our humanity.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Julie E. Cooper
Forlag
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226081298
Antall sider 256 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 485 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & political philosophy, Political science & theory