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Selfhood and Sacrifice : Rene Girard and Charles Taylor on the Crisis ofModernity - Andrew O'Shea

Selfhood and Sacrifice

Rene Girard and Charles Taylor on the Crisis ofModernity

Hardcover Published: 8th June 2010
ISBN: 9781441118820
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Selfhood and Sacrifice is an original exploration of the ideas of two major contemporary thinkers. O'Shea offers a novel interpretation of Girard's work that opens up his discourse on violence and the sacred into a fruitful engagement with both Taylor's philosophical anthropology and his philosophical history. In an age when religious violence and the role of practical reason in the secular sphere are continually juxtaposed, O'Shea offers new possibilities of responding to the problems of global crisis through the critical lenses of two of the most original and engaging thinkers writing on religion today.

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"This original and important study contributes significantly to our understanding of the larger coherence underpinning the debates in contemporary philosophy and religion. The comparison of Taylor and Girard provides a new point of departure for defining a hermeneutics of the sacred" Richard Kearney, The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College, MA, USA

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
From Self to Sacrifice: Girardian Theory
Division and Unity in Literary Space: The Romantic Fallacyp. 27
Introductionp. 27
Debunking the Modern Subjectp. 29
Self and Other in Literary Structurep. 34
Fusion and Separation: The Futility of the Romantic Spiritp. 38
Underground Psychology: Dostoevsky's 'The Double'p. 42
The Romantic Lie, and the Historical Struggle for Consciousnessp. 44
Failure to Gather: 'The Dostoyevskian Apocalypse'p. 50
Authentic and Inauthentic Unity: Novelistic Conclusionsp. 53
Conclusion: The Spiritual and the Literaryp. 58
Division and Unity in Cultural Space: The Scapegoat Mechanismp. 62
Introductionp. 62
De-differentiation: The Link between Self and Sacrificep. 65
Some Characteristics of Violent Reciprocityp. 68
Shakespeare's 'Mimetic Theory': The World as Stagep. 70
Violence and Scapegoating: From Crisis to Resolutionp. 74
Mimesis and the Monstrous Doublep. 79
Bringing Together All Rites: The Janus Face of the Sacredp. 81
Beyond Structuralism: Representation and Real Violencep. 84
Conclusion: Reading Back Inp. 89
Negatings Subjectivity and History: Problems Within Girardian Theoryp. 94
Introductionp. 94
Explaining Cultural Space by Reference to Literary Spacep. 97
History as Negating Negativity: The Legacy of Alexandre Kojèvep. 102
Interdividual Psychology: A Loss of Positive Inferiority?p. 108
'The Death of Desire': Mimesis and the World as Willp. 114
Dostoevsky's Conscious Attack on Rationalismp. 120
Conclusion: Beyond Literary Spacep. 125
From Sacrifice to Self: Taylor's Philosophical Account
The Early Modern Period: Transposing the Old Cosmic Orderp. 131
Introductionp. 131
Taylor's St. Augustine: 'In Interiore Homine'p. 135
Disengaged Reason and the Affirmation of Ordinary Lifep. 143
Right Use, Right Order: Innerworldly Asceticismp. 149
Deism and the New Providential Order: Re-marking Differencep. 154
Conclusion: 'Self-Love and Social'p. 158
Rethinking Division and Unity: Subjectivity, Religion and the Current of Lifep. 161
Introductionp. 161
Sentiments and the Voice of Naturep. 164
Expression and Originality: Combining Two Views of Naturep. 170
'Self-divinisation' or the Demands of Expression?p. 178
Religion and the History of Divisionp. 183
Division and the Unity of Life: 'Unanimity Plus One'p. 188
Conclusion: A Post-Romantic Visionp. 193
Crisis and Unity in Moral Space: Identity and the Goodp. 198
Introductionp. 198
Moral Space: Strong Value, Identity and Gaining Orientationp. 203
Disenchantment: Modern Crisis, and Being Lost in Moral Spacep. 208
'Conclusions' in Moral Space: Craving, and the Unity of a Selfp. 216
Taylor's Dostoevsky: Positive and Negative Mediationp. 222
Conclusion: The Best Account Possiblep. 226
Epiloguep. 232
Bibliographyp. 259
Index to Part Ip. 269
Index to Part IIp. 274
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ISBN: 9781441118820
ISBN-10: 1441118829
Audience: BAC
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1