Constitutional Principles as State Territory  

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"One of the enduring chestnuts of political and legal philosophy is whether we can uphold civilized values and principles without a firm basis in religion. In Peter Watson's The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God (2014) the British historian of ideas presents an overview of the way hundreds of intellectuals in the 20th century have coped with the idea that God has left centre stage. But although the God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam has become less important for many people as the great legislator and judge of the world, that does not mean that we have abandoned the quest for sacred things.3 Watson takes us on a tour along the impressive gallery of secular attempts to fill the gap. For instance, there's the German poet Stefan George (1868-1933), who teaches that all men need a vertical axis, someone to look up to and learn from, and ahorizontal axis, where members of the worshipping community live together according to shared ideals obtained by worship."[1]

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Constitutional Principles as State Territory" (2017) is an essay by Paul Cliteur published in The Supreme Court Law Review, Second Series, Volume 79, 2017, pp. 65-86.

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