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Strange Gods : Legal Theology and the `Modernity' of Law, Hardback Book

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:
  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780415560146



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