Religion and Violence
Philosophical Perspectives From Kant to DerridaeBook - 2001
Vries (philosophy, U. Amsterdam) asks whether and to what extent the notion of violence inevitably illuminates or shadows western ethico-political engagements and decisions, in which he includes the understanding of identities, historical and current, and collective and individual. As well as being empirical, he argues, the concept of violence is also transcendental or metaphysical, belonging to the realm traditionally ascribed to ideality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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.