What's the appeal of secular apocalyptic thought?
What is it about?
Many see apocalyptic thought as bizarre. Why would secular thinkers find such thought appealing for interpreting politics? This article tackles that puzzle. It makes the case that apocalyptic thought proves appealing, in part, because it helps in imagining a path to the seemingly impossible goal of the ideal state.
Why is it important?
Apocalyptic concepts and themes have a way of migrating into politics throughout history and today. This article breaks new ground in explaining why apocalyptic thought's focus on crisis makes it appealing to politics, and identifies previously overlooked links between apocalyptic thought and what in contemporary political philosophy is known as ideal theory--that is, theorizing about the ideal state.
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