Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida

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JHU Press, Nov 16, 2001 - Philosophy - 443 pages
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Does violence inevitably shadow our ethico-political engagements and decisions, including our understandings of identity, whether collective or individual? Questions that touch upon ethics and politics can greatly benefit from being rephrased in terms borrowed from the arsenal of religious and theological figures, because the association of such figures with a certain violence keeps moralism, whether in the form of fideism or humanism, at bay. Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida's careful posing of such questions and rearticulations pioneers new modalities for systematic engagement with religion and philosophy alike.

 

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Contents

State Academy Censorship The Question of Religious Tolerance
18
The Institution of Philosophy
19
Rereading Kants Conflict of the Faculties
25
Signum rememorativum demonstrativum prognostikon
49
Philosophy and the Paradoxical Topography of the University
57
Kants Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason
67
Multiculturalism Reconsidered
87
Concentricity and Monocentrism
100
Les extremes se touchent
236
Rereading Walter Benjamin
251
The Originary Affirmation of Mysticism
256
The Originary Catastrophe and the Gift of Language
266
The Mystical Postulate Justice and the Law
275
The Divine Signature
287
Hospitable Thought Before and beyond Cosmopolitanism
293
The Conditions of Responsibility
296

Old and New
110
Violence and Testimony Kierkegaardian Meditations
123
Rereading Fear and Trembling
139
The Modality of Persecuted Truth
142
Kierkegaard on Martyrdom
160
Tout autre est tout autre
175
Doubling God and Gods Double
187
Beyond Sacrifice
200
AntiBabel The TheologicoPolitical at Cross Purposes
211
Positive Theology
213
Political Theology Revisited
215
Kants Political Theology
223
Hospitality as Culture Itself
307
The Torah before and beyond Revelation
325
Complementary Alternatives
335
Hospitality qua Friendship
349
Absolute Hostility
353
The Christianization of the Political
362
Friendship from a Metaphysical and a Pragmatic Point of View
370
Cosmopolitanism and the Institution of Philosophy
388
Bibliography
399
Index
433
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About the author (2001)

Hent de Vries is professor of Modern European Thought in the Humanities Center and the Department of Philosophy at the Johns Hopkins University and professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Among his books are Philosophy and the Turn to Religion and Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas, both available from Johns Hopkins. He is the co-editor, with Samuel Weber, of Violence, Identity, and Self-Determination and Religion and Media, and, with Mieke Bal, of the book series Cultural Memory in the Present.

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