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On the Idea of Potency: Juridical and Theological Roots of the Western Cultural Tradition

Emanuele Castrucci


Does there exist a Logos capable of limiting the very power of God? This question closely relates an inquiry arising in classical Greek philosophy to the theological knowledge originating in Jewish biblical exegesis. Two thoroughly unrelated worlds, one would say, yet a historical nexus between them existed, that created by Christianity, which has marked the destiny of our West. As Leo Strauss has masterfully shown, Christianity has been for two thousand years, despite its many inner contradictions, something like an interface between two hitherto unrelated worlds: Greek philosophy and biblica ... More

Keywords: Potency, Logos, Western Cultural Tradition, Political Theology, History of Natural Law, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Schmitt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474411844
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emanuele Castrucci, author
University of Siena