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The Second BirthOn the Political Beginnings of Human Existence$
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Tilo Schabert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038056

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226185156.001.0001

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In the Divine

In the Divine

(p.53) In the Divine
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

Plato’s myth of the rule of Kronos exhibits the human predicament and the function that politics is meant to have in human existence. The human situation is one in which human beings are not cared for by the God, but, rather, one in which they have been left to care for themselves. This care of themselves in the predicament of existence is the essence of politics. Politics is mimesis of God, in the sense of the care of human beings for their existence. But politics is also mimesis of God in the sense that, unlike in the divine life, nothing is permanent in human affairs, and nonetheless a certain permanence and continuity is precisely demanded and aimed at in political existence. Whenever this relative independence from the disintegrating power of time is achieved, the politically created world appears to human beings as the natural world. But since this permanence is only relative, and ultimately illusory, the science of politics becomes necessary as a theory of the crisis of politics.

Keywords:   politics, mimesis of god, human predicament, care, political theory

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