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How can a reader from 1993 attend to a text from the 1310s? This question haunts the text Claude Lefort devotes to Dante’s Monarchia. It is certainly a question of returning to the content of Dante’s essay, but also of nourishing contemporary reflection: reading a text also means yielding to inquiries that do not always belong to it, and testing, by this deformation and transformation, its fruitfulness for today. Can one thus oppose to the government of the One something that would be more like a community of ones? Can one hear in Dante the sketch of a thought of the common?
Keywords: political theory; Lefort, Claude; Alighieri, Dante; the One; the common
Title
Lefort/Dante
Subtitle
Reading, Misreading, Transforming
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Judith Revel
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How can a reader from 1993 attend to a text from the 1310s? This question haunts the text Claude Lefort devotes to Dante’s Monarchia. It is certainly a question of returning to the content of Dante’s essay, but also of nourishing contemporary reflection: reading a text also means yielding to inquiries that do not always belong to it, and testing, by this deformation and transformation, its fruitfulness for today. Can one thus oppose to the government of the One something that would be more like a community of ones? Can one hear in Dante the sketch of a thought of the common?
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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2020
Subject
political theory
Lefort, Claude
Alighieri, Dante
the One
the common
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Lefort/Dante
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87
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108
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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. 87–108
Bibliographic Citation
Judith Revel, ‘Lefort/Dante: Reading, Misreading, Transforming’, 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. 87–108 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_04>

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Cite as: Judith Revel, ‘Lefort/Dante: Reading, Misreading, Transforming’, 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. 87–108 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_04>
Judith Revel, ‘Lefort/Dante: Reading, Misreading, Transforming’, 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), pp. 87-108 <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-16_04>

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