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Force of GodPolitical Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy$
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Carl Raschke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173841.001.0001

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Force of the Political

Force of the Political

(p.54) 4 Force of the Political
Force of God

Carl A. Raschke

Columbia University Press

The cipher to any authentic theory for both constituting and administering the state lies in the realization that representation of political interests—that is, the proper mimetic performance that gives the politeia substance and significance as the fulfillment of informed human desires, that fashions “goods of the soul”—lies in the artistic idealization of what Nietzsche termed the “highest values.” But art to be “persuasive” and therefore politically effective must have force behind it. It must mobilize by elevating the phantasm of the self to an identification with imaginative action.

Keywords:   Benjamin, Aristotle, Polis, Political, Poesis, Nietzsche

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