The Genealogy of Violence : Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 12, 2001 - Social Science - 176 pages
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Various historians, philosophers, and social scientists have attempted to provide convincing explanations of the roots of violence, with mixed and confusing results. This book brings Kierkegaard's voice into this conversation in a powerful way, arguing that the Christian intellectual tradition offers the key philosophical tools needed for comprehending human pathology.
  

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Contents

1 Contemporary Perspectives on the Roots of Violence
13
2 Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard
28
3 EgoProtection in Kierkegaard
42
4 The Kierkegaardian Understanding of Violence
56
5 Kierkegaard and Girard
72
6 Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?
87
7 The Problem of Christian Violence
98
8 Political Violence in the Twentieth Century
113
The Healing of the Soul
134
Bibliography and Kierkegaard Sigla
145
Index
155
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Page vii - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
Page 19 - The main thesis of this book is that it does much more than that: the idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity — activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man.

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