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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 Exception

Force of Exception

(p.103) 6 Force of Exception
Force of God

Carl A. Raschke

Columbia University Press

The historical irruption of the force of exception—the impulse to universality—can only be attributed to singular eventualities. Monotheism can be considered the strong force of exception within the unified field of human significations that establishes the real intention of the concept we have in mind when we talk about human solidarity. The historic drive toward the formation of an ever more inclusive politeia amounts to a “secularized,” or domesticated, rechanneling of the monotheistic impulse. That is why all militant ideologies of democracy, especially in their early Enlightenment phases turn out to be exceptionalist. It is also why militant universalist ideologies in general are ultimately divisive rather than inclusive.

Keywords:   Schmitt, Sloterdijk,, Exception, Identity, Roy, globalization

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