Strange Gods : Legal Theology and the `Modernity' of Law Hardback
Strange Gods provides a genealogy of modern law as a secular theology, calling into question the received ideas that modern law is radically different from its religious antecedents, and that modernity involved a repudiation of theological concepts.
Peter Fitzpatrick charts the lineage of this secular theology through three `historicities': the creation of the world's imperium, of the modern world-system, in the sixteenth century; the time of revolutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the high modernism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Respectively condensed here in the writings of Vitoria, Hobbes and Nietzsche, Fitzpatrick documents the substitution of a monotheistic God by successive articulations of a persistently 'deific' law.
Strange Gods thus questions the story of secularism's triumph, by eliciting the essentially religious force of modern law: a force that is, moreover, recognisable in secularism's contemporary imperial mission.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/07/2019
- Category: Philosophy
- ISBN: 9780415560146