“Ce Dieu mortel”, l’État. Un cas de commentaire dans le Leviathan de Hobbes

Milisavljević, Vladimir Ž. (2016) “Ce Dieu mortel”, l’État. Un cas de commentaire dans le Leviathan de Hobbes. Scientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi - Political science, 11 (1). pp. 125-142. ISSN 1842-3221 eISSN: 2247-451X

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Several decades ago Carl Schmitt proposed an account of Thomas Hobbes’s theory of state in terms of “political theology”, which is still influent nowadays. One of the main supports of this sort of interpretation is Hobbes’s description of the state as a “Mortall God” in a famous phrase of Leviathan, which Schmitt understands in the light of his concepts of image, symbol and (political) myth. This text proceeds from the opposite point of view, trying to elaborate the specifically textual dimension of Leviathan. In this perspective I contend that Hobbes’s description of the state displays all the principal features of the “commentary” as a discursive mode, taking this concept in the meaning that it has in textual linguistics. The results of this reading allow us to put into question the interpretation of Hobbes in the sense of political theology and, finally, to show that his theory of state represents a paradigm case of a secular political theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: commentary, God, Leviathan, myth, politics, sovereignty, State, text
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 16:20
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 16:20
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/949

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