[Marxism] New From Verso: FAITH OF THE FAITHLESS - SIMON CRITCHLEY

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NEW TITLE:

THE FAITH OF THE FAITHLESS:
EXPERIMENTS IN POLITICAL THEOLOGY

BY SIMON CRITCHLEY

PUBLISHED: 4 JANUARY 2012

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EVENTS IN LONDON

April 5, 2012, 7.00pm
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL

After religious and political disappointment comes philosophy. SIMON CRITCHLEY, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York and Chief Philosopher of the INS, will be at the shop to discuss the arguments of his new book FAITH OF THE FAITHLESS, and to share with us his thoughts on violence, non-violence and Slavoj Žižek, the latest stage in the ongoing debate between the two which began in the pages of the LRB.
Critchley will be in conversation with DR GILES FRASER, the former canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral who resigned in October 2011 in protest at plans to forcibly remove Occupy protesters from its steps.

For more information and to book:
http://www.versobooks.com/events/400-simon-critchley-the-faith-of-the-faithless




The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant cliché of contemporary theory, which rarely offers anything more than an exaggerated echo of a political reality dominated by religious war. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era, where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict. THE FAITH OF THE FAITHLESS asks how we might respond. Following CRITCHLEY’s INFINITELY DEMANDING, this new book builds on its philosophical and political framework, also venturing into the questions of faith, love, religion and violence. Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism—or is there another way?
From Rousseau’s politics and religion to the return to St. Paul in TAUBES, AGAMBEN and BADIOU, via explorations of politics and original sin in the work of SCHMITT and JOHN GRAY, CRITCHLEY examines whether there can be a faith of the faithless, a belief for unbelievers. Expanding on his debate with SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK, CRITCHELY concludes with a meditation on the question of violence, and the limits of non-violence.

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PRAISE FOR FAITH OF THE FAITHLESS

“[A] movingly optimistic work...'Everything to be true must become a religion,' Wilde says, and Critchley, poetically and persuasively, suggests ways in which this might be accomplished. ”
– Stuart Kelly, GUARDIAN<http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/03/faith-of-the-faithless-critchley-review?newsfeed=true>

“A a sustained and fascinating reflection on the place of religion in political discourse. ”
– Giles Fraser, NEW STATESMAN<http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2012/02/critchley-authority-religion>

“A thoughtful, illuminating exploration…erudite and measured.”
– PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY<http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-84467-737-5>



SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include INFINITELEY DEMANDING, ETHICS-POLITICS-SUBJECTIVITY and, most recently, THE BOOK OF DEAD PHILOSOPHERS.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 773 5  / $24.95 / £16.99 / $31.00CAN / Hardback / 302 pages

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