On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition, 2016
By: Emanuele Castrucci
Title On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2016
Publication Place Edinburgh
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Series Encounters in Law & Philosophy: ELP
Categories Law, Surveys, Metaphysics, Politics
Author(s) Emanuele Castrucci
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
A critique of the metaphysical concept of power and potency in the history of Western jurisprudence Sweeping through the history of Western philosophy of law, Emanuele Castrucci deals with the metaphysical idea of potency as defined by Spinoza and Nietzsche, upsetting entrenched theories of jurisprudence. Castrucci first addresses how the idea of potency can change the meaning of the power ascribed to an omnipotent God. This brings together classical Greek philosophy with Jewish biblical exegesis, which Castrucci links through the juncture of Christianity. He then relates potency to the classical philosophical tradition in Aristotle's Metaphysics and its Arabic interpretations, particularly Ibn Rushd's (Averroës). This leads us to the genesis of natural law theory in Western philosophy, from Augustine to Aquinas and from Duns Scotus to Ockham. Moving on, Castrucci examines the inherently problematic concept of political theology, pitting Spinozan–Nietzschean potency against Kant and Enlightenment natural law to reveal the weaknesses inherent in the Enlightenment system. Finally, Castrucci applies the theories of Carl Schmitt to the philosophical rationalism of the Western tradition, showing us how it has failed to contain absolute power in a juridical sense.

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The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present, 2011
By: Antony Black
Title The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2011
Publication Place Edinburgh University Press
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Edition No. 2
Categories Politics, Surveys
Author(s) Antony Black
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
Now in its 2nd edition, this textbook describes and interprets all schools of Islamic political thought, their origins, inter-connections and meaning. It examines the Qur'an, the early Caliphate, classical Islamic philosophy and the political culture of the Ottoman and other empires. It covers major thinkers such as Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Ibn Taymiyya as well as a number of lesser authors, and Ibn Khaldun is presented as one of the most original political theorists ever. It draws on a wide range of sources including writings on religion, law, philosophy and statecraft expressed in treatises, handbooks and political rhetoric. The new edition analyses the connections between religion and politics, covering the most recent developments in Islamic political thought and the most recent historical scholarship. It ends with a critical survey of reformism (or modernism) and Islamism (or fundamentalism) from the late-19th century up to the present day.

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On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition, 2016
By: Emanuele Castrucci
Title On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2016
Publication Place Edinburgh
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Series Encounters in Law & Philosophy: ELP
Categories Law, Surveys, Metaphysics, Politics
Author(s) Emanuele Castrucci
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
A critique of the metaphysical concept of power and potency in the history of Western jurisprudence Sweeping through the history of Western philosophy of law, Emanuele Castrucci deals with the metaphysical idea of potency as defined by Spinoza and Nietzsche, upsetting entrenched theories of jurisprudence. Castrucci first addresses how the idea of potency can change the meaning of the power ascribed to an omnipotent God. This brings together classical Greek philosophy with Jewish biblical exegesis, which Castrucci links through the juncture of Christianity. He then relates potency to the classical philosophical tradition in Aristotle's Metaphysics and its Arabic interpretations, particularly Ibn Rushd's (Averroës). This leads us to the genesis of natural law theory in Western philosophy, from Augustine to Aquinas and from Duns Scotus to Ockham. Moving on, Castrucci examines the inherently problematic concept of political theology, pitting Spinozan–Nietzschean potency against Kant and Enlightenment natural law to reveal the weaknesses inherent in the Enlightenment system. Finally, Castrucci applies the theories of Carl Schmitt to the philosophical rationalism of the Western tradition, showing us how it has failed to contain absolute power in a juridical sense.

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The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present, 2011
By: Antony Black
Title The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present
Type Monograph
Language English
Date 2011
Publication Place Edinburgh University Press
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Edition No. 2
Categories Politics, Surveys
Author(s) Antony Black
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
Now in its 2nd edition, this textbook describes and interprets all schools of Islamic political thought, their origins, inter-connections and meaning. It examines the Qur'an, the early Caliphate, classical Islamic philosophy and the political culture of the Ottoman and other empires. It covers major thinkers such as Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Ibn Taymiyya as well as a number of lesser authors, and Ibn Khaldun is presented as one of the most original political theorists ever. It draws on a wide range of sources including writings on religion, law, philosophy and statecraft expressed in treatises, handbooks and political rhetoric. The new edition analyses the connections between religion and politics, covering the most recent developments in Islamic political thought and the most recent historical scholarship. It ends with a critical survey of reformism (or modernism) and Islamism (or fundamentalism) from the late-19th century up to the present day.

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