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Illusions of a Future: Ishiguro, Liberalism, Political Theology

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Illusions of a Future : Ishiguro, Liberalism, Political Theology. / Bradley, Arthur Humphrey.

In: Political Theology, Vol. 19, No. 7, 2018, p. 638-642.

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Bradley, Arthur Humphrey. / Illusions of a Future : Ishiguro, Liberalism, Political Theology. In: Political Theology. 2018 ; Vol. 19, No. 7. pp. 638-642.

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