The Question of Sacrifice

The Question of Sacrifice

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In this concentrated and detailed look at questions surrounding the act of sacrifice, Dennis King Keenan discusses both the role and the meaning of sacrifice in our lives. Building on recent philosophical discussions on the gift and transcendence, Keenan covers new ground with this exploration of the religious, psychological, and ethical issues that sacrifice entails. According to Keenan, sacrifice is paradoxically called to sacrifice itself. But what does this necessary, yet impossible condition mean for living an ethical life? Along the way to an answer, Keenan considers the views of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Lacan, Levinas, Blanchot, Irigaray, Derrida, Kristeva, Nancy, and Zizek. This thoughtful and provocative work affords a sophisticated philosophical treatment of the question of more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 14mm | 322.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217695
  • 9780253217691
  • 951,328

About Dennis King Keenan

Dennis King Keenan is Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University. He is author of Death and Responsibility: The "Work" of Levinas and editor of Hegel and Contemporary Continental more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsThe Sacrifice of Sacrifice: Waiting Without Hope1. A Genealogy of Theories of Sacrifice: A History of Economics, Sexism, and Christo-centric Evolutionism2. Kristeva: Mimesis and Sacrifice3. Bataille: The Hegelian Dialectic, Death, and Sacrifice4. Nietzsche: The Eternal Return of Sacrifice5. Levinas: On Resorting to the Ethical Language of Sacrifice6. Irigaray: The Sacrifice of the Sacrifice of Woman7. Lacan/iek: The Repetition of the Sacrifice of the Sacrifice as an Ethical Act8. Derrida: The Double Bind of Sacrifice9. Hegel at the Chiasm of Derrida and Lacan/iek10. The Sacrifice of the EucharistBibliographyIndexshow more

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