The catechism of the citizen: Politics, law and religion in, after, with and against Rousseau [Book Review]

Continental Philosophy Review 42 (1):5-34 (2009)

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Simon Critchley
The New School
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As a way of thinking through the bleakness of the political present through which we are all too precipitously moving, this essay attempts to demonstrate the interconnections between three concepts: politics, law and religion. By way of a detailed reading of Rousseau, I try to show how any conception of legitimate politics and law requires a conception of religion at its base and as its basis. In my view, this is highly problematic and in the conclusion an argument is presented for a politics of the supreme fiction, which attempts to show how poetry might take the place of religion.
Keywords Rousseau  Jean Jacques  Law  Politics  Religion  Supreme fiction  Agamben, Giorgio  Badiou  Alain  Stevens, Wallace
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DOI 10.1007/s11007-009-9100-6
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Being and Event.Alain Badiou - 2005 - Continuum.
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