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Secular powers : humility in modern political thought

Author: Julie E Cooper
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book presents the concept of secular politics as a means for human empowerment but that it requires greater understanding of the origins of secular empowerment and strength.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Hobbes; Benedictus de Spinoza; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Thomas Hobbes; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Benedictus de Spinoza
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie E Cooper
ISBN: 9780226081298 022608129X
OCLC Number: 875204127
Description: x, 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Toward a revised history of modesty and humility --
Modesty: Hobbes on how mere mortals can create a mortal god --
Humility: Spinoza on the joys of finitude --
Self-love: Rousseau on the allure, and the elusiveness of divine self-sufficiency --
Conclusion: a modest tale about theoretical modesty.
Responsibility: Julie E. Cooper.


Secularism is usually thought to contain the project of self-deification, in which humans attack God's authority in order to take his place. This title overturns this conception through an incisive  Read more...


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