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The law of God: these words conjure an image of Moses breaking the tablets at Mount Sinai, but the history of the alliance between law and divinity is so much longer, and its scope so much broader, than a single Judeo-Christian scene can possibly suggest. In his stunningly ambitious history, Remi Brague goes back three thousand years to trace this idea of divine law in the West from prehistoric religions to modern times - giving new depth to today's discussions about the role of God in worldly affairs.Brague masterfully describes the differing conceptions of divine law in Judaic, Islamic, and Christian traditions and illuminates these ideas with a wide range of philosophical, political, and religious sources. In conclusion, he addresses the recent break in the alliance between law and divinity - when modern societies, far from connecting the tow, started to think of law simply as the rule human community gives itself. Exploring what this disconnection means for the contemporary world, Brague reengages readers in a millennia-long intellectual tradition, ultimately arriving at a better comprehension of our own modernity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226070797
ISBN-10: 0226070794
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 165mm x 20mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Remi Brague

Remi Brague is professor of philosophy at the Universite de Paris I - Sorbonne and at the University of Munich. He is the author of five previous books, including The Wisdom of the World, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and Eccentric Culture. Lydia G. Cochrane has translated numerous works from Italian and French for the University of Chicago Press.

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