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The Sacred, Social Creativity And The State

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This article aims to demonstrate the contribution of a strand of contemporary French socio-political theory to the understanding of the political dimension of modernity. It shows how an elaboration of dual reflection can be found in the work of Gauchet and how it opens new lines of reflection on a dimension of modern European culture of concern to three thinkers: individualism. The affinity between the understanding of the specificity of modern social creativity pioneered by Castoriadis and refined by Lefort's analysis of ideology with that first elaborated by Durkheim can be most apparent in Durkheim's conception of the political which underpins his understanding of the new social role performed by the modern state. The article talks about Gauchet's theory and its analysis of the logic of state reconstruction in Western Europe opens an exploration of the genesis of the modern imaginary of sovereignty.

Keywords: cultural power; human sovereignty; modern state; modernity; social creativity



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