Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

François Laruelle's lifelong undertaking of "nonphilosophy," or "nonstandard philosophy," thinks earlier the theoretical limits of Western philosophy to achieve new kin among faith, technological know-how, politics, and paintings. In Christo-Fiction Laruelle goals the inflexible, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek inspiration, and the novel capability of Christ, whose "crossing" disrupts their round discourse.

Laruelle's Christ isn't the authoritative determine conjured through educational theology, the Apostles, or the Catholic Church. he's the embodiment of wide-spread guy, founding father of a technological know-how of people, and the usher in of a gnostic messianism that calls forth an immanent religion. Explicitly placing quantum technology into faith, Laruelle recasts the temporality of the pass, the entombment, and the resurrection, arguing that it really is God who's sacrificed at the go so equals in religion could be born. Positioning itself opposed to orthodox faith and naive atheism alike, Christo-Fiction is a bold, heretical test that ties faith to the human event and the lived world.

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Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind

By Dan Arnold

Premodern Buddhists are often characterised as veritable “mind scientists" whose insights expect smooth study at the mind and brain. Aiming to complicate this tale, Dan Arnold confronts an important crisis to well known makes an attempt at harmonizing classical Buddhist and smooth medical suggestion: considering such a lot Indian Buddhists held that the psychological continuum is uninterrupted via dying (its continuity is what Buddhists suggest by means of “rebirth"), they might haven't any truck with the concept that every thing concerning the psychological should be defined by way of mind occasions. however, a major circulate of Indian Buddhist concept, linked to the seventh-century philosopher Dharmakirti, seems to be liable to arguments sleek philosophers have leveled opposed to physicalism. by way of characterizing the philosophical difficulties mostly confronted by means of Dharmakirti and modern philosophers similar to Jerry Fodor and Daniel Dennett, Arnold seeks to boost an knowing of either first-millennium Indian arguments and modern debates at the philosophy of brain. the problems middle on what sleek philosophers have known as intentionality—the proven fact that the brain will be approximately (or signify or suggest) different issues. Tracing an account of intentionality via Kant, Wilfrid Sellars, and John McDowell, Arnold argues that intentionality can't, in precept, be defined in causal phrases. Elaborating a few of Dharmakirti's principal commitments (chiefly his apoha concept of that means and his account of self-awareness), Arnold indicates that regardless of his obstacle to refute physicalism, Dharmakirti's causal reasons of the psychological suggest that glossy arguments from intentionality lower as a lot opposed to his undertaking as they do opposed to physicalist philosophies of brain. this is often glaring within the arguments of a few of Dharmakirti's contemporaneous Indian critics (proponents of the orthodox Brahmanical Mimasa tuition in addition to fellow Buddhists from the Madhyamaka institution of thought), whose opinions exemplify an identical good judgment as sleek arguments from intentionality. Elaborating those a number of strands of concept, Arnold indicates that likely arcane arguments between first-millennium Indian thinkers can light up issues nonetheless a great deal on the center of of latest philosophy.

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Theology and the Scientific Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century

By Amos Funkenstein

This pioneering paintings within the heritage of technological know-how, which originated in a chain of 3 Gauss Seminars given at Princeton collage in 1984, confirmed how the roots of the medical revolution lay in medieval scholasticism. a piece of highbrow heritage addressing the metaphysical foundations of contemporary technological know-how, Theology and the clinical Imagination raised and remodeled the extent of discourse at the family members of Christianity and technology. Amos Funkenstein used to be one of many world's such a lot distinct students of Jewish background, medieval highbrow heritage, and the historical past of technological know-how. referred to as a genius and Renaissance guy via his educational colleagues, Funkenstein was once mythical for his skill to recite lengthy literary passages verbatim and from reminiscence in Latin, German, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Greek many years after he had final learn them. A winner of the coveted Israel Prize for background, Funkenstein used to be born and raised in Palestine and got his Ph.D. in background and philosophy on the loose collage of Berlin in 1965, as one of many first Jewish scholars to obtain a doctorate in Germany after international struggle II.

writer of 7 books and greater than fifty scholarly articles in 4 languages, Funkenstein was once on the peak of his powers in Theology and the clinical Imagination, which results with the author's influential discernment of the 17th century's "unprecedented fusion" of medical and non secular language. It continues to be a basic textual content to historians and philosophers of science.

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Ethics in Crisis: Interpreting Barth's Ethics (Barth Studies)

By David Clough

Ethics in concern deals a positive suggestion for the form of latest Christian ethics drawing on a brand new and persuasive interpretation of the ethics of Karl Barth. David Clough argues that Karl Barth’s moral inspiration remained outlined by way of the theology of drawback that he set out in his 1922 observation on Romans, and that his ethics needs to consequently be understood dialectically, stuck in an unresolved rigidity among what theology needs to and can't be. exhibiting that this figuring out of Barth is a source for modern optimistic debts of Christian ethics, Clough issues to a fashion past the idolatry of moral absolutism at the one hand, and the apostasy of moral postmodernism at the different.
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The Religious Genius in Rabbi Kook's Thought: National "Saint"? (Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History)

The postmodernist event is linked to a powerful curiosity within the recommendations of saints and non secular genius. during this quantity, Dov Schwartz considers the questions on the topic of those principles via his shut research of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. This determine is respected by means of Zionists as a founder of the Zionist stream. non secular Zionists see him, also, as an unquestioned non secular and altruistic authority with amazing halakhic, philosophical, and Kabbalistic intuitions. whereas Rabbi Kook has frequently been studied via historic and philosophical disciplines, this booklet addresses the measure to which his writings can turn out to be useful to the postmodern discourse. It examines Rabbi Kook’s principles within the spiritual Zionist context, examining the concept that of the correct guy in Rabbi Kook's philosophy in gentle of the postmodern discourse on saints.
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The Perennial Scope of Philosophy

The textual content of six lectures within which Karl Jaspers redefines the location of philosophy on the planet at the present time, rather relating to technology and theology, and defines and descriptions his personal philosophy.
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The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief

By Peter Rollins

"About 30 years in the past, I stumbled on the evocative word 'religionless Christianity' in Dietrich Bonhoeffer's later writings, and it has stayed with me ever considering that. In his new e-book The constancy of Betrayal, Peter Rollins has teased out - as Bonhoeffer by no means had the opportunity to do - profound chances hidden within the word. As a massive fan of Peter's first booklet, i locate his moment no much less considerate, stimulating, and from time to time unsettling - constantly in a so much (de)constructive means. His subversive parables, his shrewdpermanent turns of word, and his beguiling readability all conspire to tempt the reader into that almost all fertile and terrifying of actions - to imagine to the very rim of one's figuring out, after which to faithfully think the fact that lies a long way beyond."

- Brian McLaren, author/activist (www.brianmclaren.net)

What if one of many middle calls for of an intensive Christianity lay in a decision for its betrayal, whereas the last word act of declaring God required the abandoning of God? And what if constancy to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures demanded their renunciation? briefly, what would it not suggest if the single manner of discovering genuine religion concerned betraying it with a kiss?

Employing the insights of mysticism and deconstructive conception, The constancy of Betrayal delves into the subversive and innovative nature of a Christianity that dwells in the church whereas at the same time undermining it.

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The Phenomenon of Man

Visionary theologian and evolutionary theorist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin utilized his complete existence, his great mind, and his nice religious religion to development a philosophy that may reconcile faith with the medical conception of evolution. during this undying booklet, which includes the quintessence of his inspiration, Teilhard argues that simply as dwelling organisms sprung from inorganic subject and developed into ever extra advanced pondering beings, people are evolving towards an "omega point"—defined by means of Teilhard as a convergence with the Divine.

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