Kierkegaard and the Political Theory of Love

Kierkegaard and the Political Theory of Love : Love is a Revolution

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What is the significance of the absence of God in Christ's parable of the Good Samaritan? What is the significance of a mercifulness that is able to give nothing or do nothing? Kierkegaard takes on these questions, these political questions, in his magisterial work Works of Love.

Through an exegesis of the text of Works of Love, this book offers a reinterpretation of the work and its author, and subsequently places Kierkegaard squarely within the powerful tradition that strives to imagine the political and social contours of love, a tradition which includes Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Love, for all of these authors, was understood to be not merely sentimental, but subversive and revolutionary. By placing Kierkegaard into dialogue with contemporary political theorists such as Cornel West, Slavoj Zizek, and others, he is shown to be indispensable to any contemporary effort that seeks to further delineate the nature of a politics of love and its relations to issues of justice, equality and revolution.

Kierkegaard and the Political Theory of Love is an invaluable resource for students of political theory, theology, philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138813370
  • 9781138813373

Table of contents

1. Why Works of Love and Not Other Kierkegaardian Texts? 2. Political Critique in Works of Love 3. Revolutionary Democratic Subjectivities and the Politics of Love 4. Law, Justice and the Politics of Love 5. Historicism, Political Action, and the Politics of Love 6. Care, Civic Virtue and the Politics of Love 7. The Politics of Love in the Shack of Existence
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About Darren Surman

Darren Surman is a Full-Time Instructor at the New College, University of Alabama. His research interests include the political theory of love, political theology, and issues of race, immigration and poverty.
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