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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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Nimrod, or Cynegetic Sovereignty

Nimrod, or Cynegetic Sovereignty

(p.11) Chapter 2 Nimrod, or Cynegetic Sovereignty

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on Nimrod, whose story in Genesis describes him as the son of Chus, the grandson of Cham, the founder of Babel and the world's first king: “He was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The chapter concludes that what emerges with the story of Nimrod is a forgotten continent of Western political thought. If Foucault could say that beginning with the rise of Hebrew, and then Christian, pastoralism, politics has been largely considered a matter of the sheepfold, we can add that it was also, though in accord with a parallel and opposed genealogy, a matter of hunting.

Keywords:   manhunting, manhunts, Nimrod, hunting, political thought

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