The editors would like to express their gratitude to Éditions Belin for granting publication rights for the present translation and to Judith Revel for accepting to engage with Lefort’s essay with her usual brilliance and grace. They are particularly grateful to Jennifer Rushworth for her generosity, accuracy, and open spirit in translating both Lefort’s and Revel’s texts. The editors would also like to thank the participants of the workshop ‘Dante’s Political Modernities: Claude Lefort Reads the Monarchia’, held at the ICI Berlin on 6 July 2019, for many valuable insights into Lefort’s engagement with Dante. See <>.