The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (Religion and Postmodernism)

The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (Religion and Postmodernism)


In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly transparent what he thought of the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 after which elaborated in Christian teachings, to like one's neighbor as oneself. "Let us undertake a naive angle in the direction of it," he proposed, "as although we have been listening to it for the 1st time; we will be not able then to suppress a sense of shock and bewilderment." After the horrors of global struggle II, the Holocaust, Stalinism, and Yugoslavia, Leviticus 19:18 turns out even much less conceivable—but the entire extra pressing now—than Freud imagined.

In The Neighbor, 3 of the main major intellectuals operating in psychoanalysis and important conception collaborate to teach how this challenge of neighbor-love opens questions which are basic to moral inquiry and that recommend a brand new theological configuration of political thought. Their 3 prolonged essays discover latest crucial historic challenge: the endurance of the theological within the political. In "Towards a Political Theology of the Neighbor," Kenneth Reinhard supplementations Carl Schmitt's political theology of the enemy and buddy with a political theology of the neighbor dependent in psychoanalysis. In "Miracles Happen," Eric L. Santner extends the book's exploration of neighbor-love via a bracing reassessment of Benjamin and Rosenzweig. And in an impassioned plea for moral violence, Slavoj Žižek's "Neighbors and different Monsters" reconsiders the assumption of extra to rehabilitate a good experience of the inhuman and problem the impression of Levinas on modern moral thought.

A wealthy and suggestive account of the interaction among love and hate, self and different, own and political, The Neighbor will end up to be a touchstone around the humanities and an important textual content for figuring out the endurance of political theology in secular modernity.

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