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After the Postsecular and the Postmodern

New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion

Editor(s): Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler
Contributors: John Mullarkey, Pamela Sue Anderson, Philip Goodchild, Daniel Whistler, Anthony Paul Smith, Michael Vaughan,

Book Description

Continental philosophy of religion has been dominated for two decades by “postsecular” and “postmodern” thought. This volume brings together a vanguard of scholars to ask what comes after the postsecular and the postmodern—that is, what is Continental philosophy of religion now? Against the subjugation of philosophy to theology, After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion argues that philosophy of religion must either liberate itself from theological norms or mutate into a new practice of thinking in order to confront the challenges religion presents for our time. The essays do not propose a new orthodoxy but set the stage for new debates by reclaiming a practice of philosophy of religion that recovers and draws on the insights of a distinctly modern tradition of Continental philosophy, confronts the challenge of rethinking the secular in the light of the postsecular event, and calls for a move from strictly critical to speculative thought in order to experiment with what philosophy can do. This collection of essays is indispensable for anyone interested in the relationship between philosophy and theology, political questions regarding religion and in what contemporary speculative Continental philosophy has to add to philosophy of religion.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1987-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1987-5
Date of Publication: 01/05/2010
Pages / Size: 415 / A5
Price: £49.99


Anthony Paul Smith is a research fellow at the Institute for Nature and Culture (DePaul University) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Nottingham. He is the translator of François Laruelle’s Future Christ: A Lesson in Heresy (Continuum, 2010) and has published in Polygraph, Political Theology, SubStance, Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, and Analecta Hermeneutica on religion, nature, politics, and non-philosophy.

Daniel Whistler has a DPhil from the University of Oxford on the subject of F.W.J. Schelling's theology of language. He is also the editor of the forthcoming volume, Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy (Continuum, 2011).


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2704-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2704-5
Date of Publication: 01/03/2011
Pages / Size: 415 / A5
Price: £29.99