The Myth of the State

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1946 - Social Science - 303 pages

A great contemporary German philosopher attacks the explosive problem of political myth in our day, and reveals how the myth of the state evolved from primitive times to prepare the way for the rise of the modern totalitarian state.


"A brilliant survey of some of the major texts in the history of political theory."—Kenneth Burke, The Nation.

 

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The last work of a great contemporary German philosopher, 1874-1945. Survey of major texts in political theory--how the concept of the state developed from primitive times through Plato, Dante ... Read full review

Contents

The Structure of Mythical Thought
3
Myth and Language
16
Logos and Mythos in Early Greek Philosophy
53
Platos Republic
61
The Religious and Metaphysical Background of
78
The Theory of the Legal State in Medieval Philos
97
Nature and Grace in Medieval Philosophy
106
The Triumph of Machiavellism and Its Consequences
129
The Renaissance of Stoicism and Natural Right
163
The Philosophy of the Enlightenment and Its
176
Carlyle
189
From Hero Worship to Race Worship
224
Hegel
248
The Technique of the Modern Political Myths
277
Conclusion
297
Copyright

Implications of the New Theory of the State
140

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