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Sovereignty and the Sacred: Secularism and the Political Economy of Religion

Robert A. Yelle


The book draws on evidence from the Hebrew Bible to English deism, and from the Aztecs to ancient India, to develop a theory of polity that finds a place and a purpose for those aspects of religion that are often marginalized and dismissed as irrational by Enlightenment liberalism and utilitarianism. Developing a close analogy between two elemental domains of society, Sovereignty and the Sacred offers a new theory of religion while suggesting alternative ways of organizing our political and economic life. By rethinking the transcendent foundations and liberating potential of both religion and ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, sacred, sacrifice, charisma, disenchantment, Jubilee, rational choice theory, Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226585451
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226585628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Yelle, author
Ludwig Maximilian University