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Post-Theism: Reframing the Judeo-Christian Tradition

Post-Theism: Reframing the Judeo-Christian Tradition

What, if anything remains of religion after the demise of traditional theism and the theologies based upon it? What are the consequences of so-called Post-theism for the modern scholarly study of religion (in Religionswissenschaft and philosophical theology or church dogmatics, in the philosophy of religion as well as in the more recent phenomenon of comparitive […]


Violence, Identity, and Self-Determination

Violence, Identity, and Self-Determination

With the collapse of the bipolar system of global rivalry that dominated world politics after the Second World War, and in an age that is seeing the return of “ethnic cleansing” and “identity politics,” the question of violence, in all of its multiple ramifications, imposes itself with renewed urgency. Rather than concentrating on the socioeconomic […]


Religion and Media (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Religion and Media

The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a “return to religion” occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume―who include such influential thinkers as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James Siegel―confront […]


Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World

Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World

What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? In recent years, Enlightenment secularization, as it appeared in the global spread of political structures that relegate the sacred to a private sphere, seems suddenly to have foundered. Unexpectedly, it has discovered its own parochialism―has discovered, indeed, that secularization may never have taken place at all. […]


Religion: Beyond a Concept (The Future of the Religious Past)

Religion: Beyond a Concept

What do we talk about when we talk about “religion”? Is it an array of empirical facts about historical human civilizations? Or is religion what is in essence unpredictable―perhaps the very emergence of the new? In what ways are the legacies of religion―its powers, words, things, and gestures―reconfiguring themselves as the elementary forms of life […]


Philosophy and the Turn to Religion

Philosophy and the Turn to Religion

If religion once seemed to have played out its role in the intellectual and political history of Western secular modernity, it has now returned with a vengeance. In this engaging study, Hent de Vries argues that a turn to religion discernible in recent philosophy anticipates and accompanies this development in the contemporary world. Though the […]


Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas

Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas

What, at this historical moment “after Auschwitz,” still remains of the questions traditionally asked by theology? What now is theology’s minimal degree? This magisterial study, the first extended comparison of the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, explores remnants and echoes of religious forms in these thinkers’ critiques of secular reason, finding in […]


How the West Was Won: Essays on Literary Imagination, the Canon, and the Christian Middle Ages for Burcht Pranger

How the West Was Won: Essays on Literary Imagination, the Canon and the Christian Middle Ages for Burcht Pranger

How the West Was Won contains articles in three main areas of the humanities. It focuses on various aspects of literary imagination, with essays ranging from Petrarch to Voltaire; on the canon, with essays on western history as one of shifting cultural horizons and ideals, and including censorship; and on the Christian Middle Ages, when […]