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Religion and Violence

Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida

Hent de Vries

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Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by Choice Magazine

Originally published in 2002. 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…

Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by Choice Magazine

Originally published in 2002. 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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One cannot but be impressed by the acumen and erudition of Hent de Vries' Religion and Violence, which is a very fine addition to contemporary continental European philosophy of religion... It is a book well worth reading.

Religion and Violence continues de Vries's reexamination of the place of philosophical theology and the philosophy of religion in the major texts of continental philosophy. Both subjects are transformed as de Vries meticulously unpacks the major texts of the post-Kantian philosophical tradition, unfolding in effect a new history of the afterlife of theology.

A rich text with many insightful readings... Hent de Vries is an excellent philosopher and scholar.

Demonstrates with rich erudition how the Derridian programmatic can shed light on the 'religious' dimension of philosophical and ethical strategies that seek to address violence.

One of a number of first-rate monographs published in the field of philosophy this year.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
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Introduction
Chapter 1. State, Academy, Censorship: The Question of Religious Tolerance
Chapter 2. Violence and Testimony: Kierkegaardian Meditations
Chapter 3

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1. State, Academy, Censorship: The Question of Religious Tolerance
Chapter 2. Violence and Testimony: Kierkegaardian Meditations
Chapter 3. Anti-Babel: The Theologico-Political at Cross Purposes
Chapter 4. Hospitable Thought: Before and beyond Cosmopolitism
Bibliography
Index

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Hent de Vries

Hent de Vries is Paulette Goddard Professor of the Humanities. He is Professor of German, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy. He received his BA/MA in Judaica and Hellenistic Thought (Theology), Public Finance and Political Economy (Law), at Leiden University, and obtained his PhD there in Philosophy of Religion, with a study on Theodor W. Adorno and...