Series "Lessico della politica"
Publication Year 2007
history the relationship between religion and politics had
been largely ignored except among scholars of historical archaeology
and sociological interpretation. But the globalisation trends
shaping our civilisation have brought this relationship to
the fore. A better understanding of the relationship between
religion and politics is indeed urgent: Is it possible to
build a political order that is entirely immanent, with no
elements of transcendence? This book narrates the history
of political theology, starting with its origins in ancient
times, its development through the Middle Ages, its resurgence
fed by the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, its elimination
from the modern doctrine of the state, and, finally, its resurrection
in 20th century political philosophy and religious thought.
Over the centuries philosophical thought has envisaged the
relationship between immanence and transcendence in many different
ways, but it has always referred to the idea that politics,
a fundamental experience of humanity, necessarily refers to
theology, from which it must however emancipate itself in
order to avoid its own ruin.
Merio Scattola teaches History of Political Thought at
the University of Padua.
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