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The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts

Victoria Kahn


This is a book about the neglected dialogue between several influential twentieth-century theorists of political theology and early modern texts. It focuses on Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, Ernst Kantorowicz, Ernst Cassirer, Walter Benjamin, and Sigmund Freud, and their readings of Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Spinoza. The book argues that the modern critics find in the early modern period a break with an older form of political theology construed as the theological legitimation of the state, a new emphasis on a secular notion of human agency, and, most important, a new preoccupation with the wa ... More

Keywords: political theology, Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, Sigmund Freud, early modern political theory, Ernst Kantorowicz, Walter Benjamin, secularism, poiesis, Hannah Arendt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226083872
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226083902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Kahn, author