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Machiavelli and Political Theology

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I propose to examine Machiavelli's role in twentieth-century debates about philosophy and political theology. I focus in particular on Strauss's interpretation of Machiavelli, and the well-known debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève on tyranny. Although the former (Strauss's Machiavelli) is much maligned and the latter (the Strauss-Kojève debate) is well known, especially to political theorists, both deserve to be revisited in light of the mid-century discussion of political theology. In this light, Strauss's Machiavelli appears less implausible than he has often been taken to be; Kojève appears as an unwitting political theologian; and Strauss himself emerges as a critic of political theology who deserves to be taken seriously, especially in light of the current revival of interest of political theology and the recent turn to religion on the part of philosophers and critical theorists from Giorgio Agamben to Charles Taylor.
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Kahn, Victoria. "Machiavelli and Political Theology" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481566_index.html>

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Kahn, V. "Machiavelli and Political Theology" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481566_index.html

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Abstract: I propose to examine Machiavelli's role in twentieth-century debates about philosophy and political theology. I focus in particular on Strauss's interpretation of Machiavelli, and the well-known debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève on tyranny. Although the former (Strauss's Machiavelli) is much maligned and the latter (the Strauss-Kojève debate) is well known, especially to political theorists, both deserve to be revisited in light of the mid-century discussion of political theology. In this light, Strauss's Machiavelli appears less implausible than he has often been taken to be; Kojève appears as an unwitting political theologian; and Strauss himself emerges as a critic of political theology who deserves to be taken seriously, especially in light of the current revival of interest of political theology and the recent turn to religion on the part of philosophers and critical theorists from Giorgio Agamben to Charles Taylor.


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