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After UtopiaThe Decline of Political Faith$
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Judith N. Shklar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691200859

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691200859.001.0001

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(p.270) Conclusion
After Utopia

Judith N. Shklar

Princeton University Press

This chapter reviews why the disgust with omnipresent political activity is the greatest incentive to Romanticism. It highlights how politics induced an estrangement from the entire social world and with it a mixture of hatred and anxiety about the future of European culture as a whole. It also explains the reasons why the romantic suffers from political claustrophobia while the social theologian allowed political and cultural involvement to encompass its faith. The chapter analyzes how the new justification of some form of politics as culturally valuable and intellectually necessary answers the quasi-politics of despair. It also talks about skepticism as an attitude of expectation that leads to the unhappy consciousness.

Keywords:   political activity, Romanticism, social world, European culture, political claustrophobia, quasi-politics, skepticism

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