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The attractions of mystical anarchism

Rousseau, according to Simon Critchley, sees the problem of politics more clearly than many: if political institutions are to be self-created - autonomous - then what will motivate the "violent individualist" to assent to their constraints? Simon Critchley discusses his new book, The Faith of the Faithless (1 hr)

Tony Curzon Price
Simon Critchley Tony Curzon Price
7 May 2012
Rousseau answers the question of political motivation with the claim that nothing will avoid recourse to some form of socialisation, or what he called "civic religion". Simon Critchley, in conversation about his new book, goes much further: the understanding, criticism and analysis of all political creeds today should be essentially theological (1hr)

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