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Plato teaches that the arche and telos of politics is liturgical action. No 'purely secular' foundation of a polis is possible. Politics necessarily opens beyond itself and is therefore subject to theological critique and theotic fulfillment (or not). The Republic teaches about the primacy of the liturgical; in the Laws Plato presents the proper liturgical act for human beings.


Gene Fendt presented “Philosophy as Liturgical Action: An Essay on Plato’s Politics” to the Society at its meeting with the Central Division in Minneapolis in 2001. It is partially included in his Comic Cure for Delusional Democracy: Plato’s Republic. Lexington 2014.

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