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Encountering the Secular
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In Encountering the Secular, J. Heath Atchley proposes an alternative to the understanding of the secular as that which opposes the religious, and he turns to American and Continental philosophy to support his critique. Drawing from thinkers as disparate as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Gilles Deleuze, and engaging with contemporary literature and film, Atchley shows how the division of experience (individual, cultural, political) into the distinct realms of the religious and the secular overlooks the subtle ways in which value can emerge. Far from arguing that the religious and the secular are the same, he means instead to suggest that the dogmatic separation between these two realms gets in the way of experiencing an immanent value, a kind of value tied neither to a transcendent reality (e.g., a god or an ideal) nor to a self-centered reality (e.g., pleasure or knowledge).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue: Encounter
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 1. Confrontation
  2. pp. 9-27
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  1. 2. Silence
  2. pp. 28-46
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  1. 3. Mourning
  2. pp. 47-71
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  1. 4. Presence
  2. pp. 72-91
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  1. 5. Enlightenment
  2. pp. 92-110
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  1. 6. Disturbance
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. 7. Practice
  2. pp. 125-141
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  1. 8. Event
  2. pp. 142-159
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  1. Epilogue: Endeavor
  2. pp. 161-163
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-181
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