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The Neighbor : Three Inquiries in Political Theology, with a new Preface / Slavoj Žižek, Eric L. Santner, Kenneth Reinhard.

Author/Creator:
Žižek, Slavoj author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2013]
Series:
TRIOS
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (216 p.) : 6 line drawings
Subjects:
Church and social problems.
Political theology.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly clear what he thought about the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 and then elaborated in Christian teachings, to love one's neighbor as oneself. "Let us adopt a naive attitude towards it," he proposed, "as though we were hearing it for the first time; we shall be unable then to suppress a feeling of surprise and bewilderment." After the horrors of World War II, the Holocaust, and Stalinism, Leviticus 19:18 seems even less conceivable-but all the more urgent now-than Freud imagined. In The Neighbor, three of the most significant intellectuals working in psychoanalysis and critical theory collaborate to show how this problem of neighbor-love opens questions that are fundamental to ethical inquiry and that suggest a new theological configuration of political theory. Their three extended essays explore today's central historical problem: the persistence of the theological in the political. In "Toward a Political Theology of the Neighbor," Kenneth Reinhard supplements Carl Schmitt's political theology of the enemy and friend with a political theology of the neighbor based in psychoanalysis. In "Miracles Happen," Eric L. Santner extends the book's exploration of neighbor-love through a bracing reassessment of Benjamin and Rosenzweig. And in an impassioned plea for ethical violence, Slavoj Žižek's "Neighbors and Other Monsters" reconsiders the idea of excess to rehabilitate a positive sense of the inhuman and challenge the influence of Levinas on contemporary ethical thought. A rich and suggestive account of the interplay between love and hate, self and other, personal and political, The Neighbor has proven to be a touchstone across the humanities and a crucial text for understanding the persistence of political theology in secular modernity. This new edition contains a new preface by the authors.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface, 2013
Introduction
Toward a Political Theology of the Neighbor
Miracles Happen: Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Freud, and the Matter of the Neighbor
Neighbors and Other Monsters: A Plea for Ethical Violence
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Reinhard, Kenneth, author., Author,
Santner, Eric L., author., Author,
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780226068510
OCLC:
851155488
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226068510 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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