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Secular PowersHumility in Modern Political Thought$
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Julie E. Cooper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081298

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Secular Powers

Julie E. Cooper

University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, Secularity, Genealogy, Religion, Political Theory, Early modern philosophy, Pride, theology

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