Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political
Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political presents a thematic arrangement of fourteen essays on the interconnected issues of religion, ethics, and politics. A trans- or post-disciplinary praxis-based approach is advanced and employed, as the essays collected provide a critical supplement to Calvin O. Schrag's published book projects.
- Paperback | 232 pages
- 149.86 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
- 30 Apr 2014
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Calvin O. Schrag has long been a leading representative of continental philosophy in America. This timely and thoughtfully edited collection of essays brings together a number of Schrag's most notable writings on religion, ethics, and politics. Readers will be delighted to find a large offering of scholarly reflections on some of the most pressing concerns of our 'post-secular' age. Of particular interest is the interview with the author conducted by the editor of the present volume in which Schrag reflects back on his long career as a philosopher passionately engaged with many of the major developments in contemporary thought. Readers will find in this book a treasure trove of thought-provoking discussions of the shifting boundaries between the secular and the sacred, the profane and the holy, and the human and the divine. -- G.B. Madison, McMaster University This collection is an invaluable addition to the library of continental philosophy in America, a superb selection of the most important essays on religion, ethics and politics by Calvin Schrag, a groundbreaking thinker and honored teacher who has help shape the landscape of our discipline. Transversality, radical reflection, communicative hermeneutics, the postmodern self, the God-book-it's all here, a veritable prism in which every important movement in continental philosophy can be seen in the light of Schrag's discerning philosophy of the 'fitting response' from which we have all learned so much. -- John D. Caputo, Syracuse University This book exhibits the wisdom and breadth of Calvin Schrag's papers in the philosophy of religion and ethics through the many years in which he has remarkably combined wide-ranging scholarship, phenomenological astuteness, and insight into normative questions. -- Robert Audi, University of Nebraska Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political also displays the philosophical virtues that Schrag's readers have come to expect of his writing. Consisting primarily of previously published essays, this book offers a rich introduction to some of Schrag's key ideas: the notion of "transversality," "the ethic of the fitting response," and "postnational identity." Praise is due to Michael R. Paradiso-Michau for his editorial work in so carefully selecting the essays that are included in this volume. These essays span much of Schrag's career and, accordingly, do a nice job of showing how Schrag's ideas have importantly remained consistent in some general ways and yet changed and developed in other ways. In the end, this is a book worth reading and taking seriously. It is clearly written, well argued, and attentive to persistent questions in religious, ethical, and political existence. Paradiso-Michau has done philosophy a service by bringing together these valuable essays by an important philosopher Sophia
About Calvin O. Schrag
Calvin O. Schrag is the George Ade Distinguished Professor of Philosophy emeritus at Purdue University. Michael R. Paradiso-Michau is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Central College.
Table of contents
Foreword by Lenore Langsdorf Acknowledgments Introduction Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political: An Interview Part 1: Religion and the Post-Secular Turn in Continental Philosophy Introduction Chapter 1: Ontology and the Possibility of Religious Knowledge Chapter 2: The Kierkegaard Effect in the Shaping of the Contours of Modernity Chapter 3: The Grammar of Transcendence Chapter 4: Transcendence and Transversality Chapter 5: The Problem of Being and the Question about God Chapter 6: Otherness and the Problem of Evil: How Does That Which Is Other Become Evil? Part 2: Transvaluation of the Ethical and the Political Introduction Chapter 7: The Structure of Moral Experience: A Phenomenological and Existential Analysis Chapter 8: Alterity and the Gift Chapter 9: On the Ethics of the Gift: Acknowledgement and Response Chapter 10: Toward a Phenomenology of Postnational Identity Chapter 11: A Thought Experiment on Cross-Cultural Dialogue and Peacemaking Chapter 12: Comparative Philosophy and the Politics of Otherness Chapter 13: Geophilosophy, the Lifeworld, and the Political Chapter 14: The Topology of Hope Bibliography Index About the Author and Editor