This chapter introduces the themes and argument of the book as a whole. Tracing the emergence and development of a secular, non-Augustinian critique of pride in early modern philosophy, this book challenges narratives that equate secularity with human self-deification. The chapter describes the practice of genealogy as the method appropriate to such an investigation. Finally, the chapter challenges the notion of religion prevalent within contemporary political theory, arguing that theological questions are inescapable for modern political theorists.
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