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Claude Lefort

Dante’s Modernity

An Introduction to the Monarchia
With an Essay by Judith Revel
Ed. by Christiane Frey
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Arnd Wedemeyer
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020
ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-96558-003-9 | 9.50 EUR | 138 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-96558-004-6 | Open Access | 138 pp. | .8MB
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One of the most prominent political philosophers of the twentieth century reads Dante’s Monarchia, showing the surprising relevance of this radical fourteenth-century treatise that defends the necessity of universal monarchy and its independence from the Church for modern political theory. Judith Revel’s accompanying essay submits Lefort’s encounter with Dante to a transformative mis/reading and ties it to current debates on the question of the common.
Keywords: Alighieri, Dante – Monarchia; Lefort, Claude; political theory; modernity
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Dante’s Modernity
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An Introduction to the Monarchia
With an Essay by Judith Revel
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Claude Lefort
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Christiane Frey
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Arnd Wedemeyer
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One of the most prominent political philosophers of the twentieth century reads Dante’s Monarchia, showing the surprising relevance of this radical fourteenth-century treatise that defends the necessity of universal monarchy and its independence from the Church for modern political theory. Judith Revel’s accompanying essay submits Lefort’s encounter with Dante to a transformative mis/reading and ties it to current debates on the question of the common.
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2020
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Alighieri, Dante – Monarchia
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ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-96558-003-9 | 9.50 EUR | 138 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-96558-004-6 | Open Access | 138 pp. | .8MB
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Claude Lefort, Dante’s Modernity: An Introduction to the ‘Monarchia’. With an Essay by Judith Revel, ed. by Christiane Frey, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey, and Arnd Wedemeyer, trans. by Jennifer Rushworth, Cultural Inquiry, 16 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020) <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16>

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Cite as: Claude Lefort, Dante’s Modernity: An Introduction to the ‘Monarchia’. With an Essay by Judith Revel, ed. by Christiane Frey, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey, and Arnd Wedemeyer, trans. by Jennifer Rushworth, Cultural Inquiry, 16 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020) <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16>
Claude Lefort, Dante’s Modernity: An Introduction to the Monarchia. With an Essay by Judith Revel, ed. by Christiane Frey, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey, and Arnd Wedemeyer, trans. by Jennifer Rushworth, Cultural Inquiry, 16 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020) <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16>

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