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‘Dante’s Modernity’ pursues ambitions that go far beyond its ostensible editorial function as a preface to the medieval author’s early 14th-century political treatise. The text exemplifies Lefort’s signature method of taking political philosophy in new directions by drawing on the fundamental indeterminacy and openness of key works from the history of political philosophy. The result is as much an interpretation of the Monarchia as it is of political modernity itself.
Keywords: dialogical thought; reading; history; modernity; indeterminacy; universal empire; challenge to prevalent modes of historicization
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Preface
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Christiane Frey
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‘Dante’s Modernity’ pursues ambitions that go far beyond its ostensible editorial function as a preface to the medieval author’s early 14th-century political treatise. The text exemplifies Lefort’s signature method of taking political philosophy in new directions by drawing on the fundamental indeterminacy and openness of key works from the history of political philosophy. The result is as much an interpretation of the Monarchia as it is of political modernity itself.
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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2020
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dialogical thought
reading
history
modernity
indeterminacy
universal empire
challenge to prevalent modes of historicization
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Preface
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vii
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xiii
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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), pp. vii–xiii
Bibliographic Citation
Christiane Frey, ‘Preface’, in 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), pp. vii–xiii <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_01>

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Cite as: Christiane Frey, ‘Preface’, in 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), pp. vii–xiii <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_01>
Christiane Frey, ‘Preface’, in Claude Lefort, Dante’s Modernity: An Introduction to the Monarchia, ed. by Christiane Frey, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey, and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 16 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020), p. vii-xiii <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_01>

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