Strange Gods

Legal Theology and the ‘Modernity’ of Law

By Peter Fitzpatrick

© 2015 – Routledge-Cavendish

208 pages

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About the Book

Strange Gods provides a genealogy of modern law as a secular theology, calling into question the received ideas that modern law is radically different from its religious antecedents, and that modernity involved a repudiation of theological concepts. Peter Fitzpatrick charts the lineage of this secular theology through three ‘historicities’: the creation of the world’s imperium, of the modern world-system, in the sixteenth century; the time of revolutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the high modernism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Respectively condensed here in the writings of Vitoria, Hobbes and Nietzsche, Fitzpatrick documents the substitution of a monotheistic God by successive articulations of a persistently 'deific' law. Strange Gods thus questions the story of secularism’s triumph, by eliciting the essentially religious force of modern law: a force that is, moreover, recognisable in secularism's contemporary imperial mission.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Imperium 3. Revolution 4. Modernism

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LAW / General
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LAW / Jurisprudence
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LAW / Legal History
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PHILOSOPHY / Political
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PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Deconstruction
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory