Radical Evil and the Scarcity of Hope

Radical Evil and the Scarcity of Hope : Postsecular Meditations

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No one will deny that we live in a world where evil exists. But how are we to come to grips with human atrocity and its diabolical intensity? Martin Beck Matustik considers evil to be even more radically evil than previously thought and to have become all too familiar in everyday life. While we can name various moral wrongs and specific cruelties, Matustik maintains that radical evil understood as a religious phenomenon requires a religious response where the language of hope, forgiveness, redemption, and love can take us beyond unspeakable harm and irreparable violence. Drawing upon the work of Kant, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, this work is written as a series of meditations. Matustik presents a bold new way of dealing with one of humanity's most intractable problems.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025321968X
  • 9780253219688
  • 1,327,479

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This book deserves a large and thoughtful readership. . . . the insights are worth the effort.May 13, 2009 (online) -- Robert L. Perkins * Stetson University * In a world filled with war, torture, and cruelty, where millions of people die of diseases related to malnutrition or inadequate health care each year, Martin Beck Matustik's book is an important and innovative inquiry into an age-old problem. -- Rabbi Michael Lerner * Tikkun *show more

About Martin Beck Matustik

Martin Beck Matustik is Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Religion at Arizona State University. He is author of Jurgen Habermas: Philosophical-Political Profile and Specters of Liberation. He has edited (with Merold Westphal) Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity (IUP, 1995).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPart 1. Impossible Hope1. Job at Auschwitz2. Redemptive Critical Theory3. Between Hope and TerrorPart 2. The Negatively Saturated Phenomenon4. Job Questions Kant5. Redemption in an Antiredemptory Age6. Radical Evil as a Saturated PhenomenonPart 3. The Uncanny7. The Unforgivable8. Tragic Beauty9. The Unspeakable10. Without a WhyEpilogue: Job Questions the Grand InquisitorNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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