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Politics and Apocalypse
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Apocalypse. To most, the word signifies destruction, death, the end of the world, but the literal definition is "revelation" or "unveiling," the basis from which renowned theologian René Girard builds his own view of Biblical apocalypse. Properly understood, Girard explains, Biblical apocalypse has nothing to do with a wrathful or vengeful God punishing his unworthy children, and everything to do with a foretelling of what future humans are making for themselves now that they have devised the instruments of global self-destruction. In this volume, some of the major thinkers about the interpretation of politics and religion— including Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, and Carl Schmitt— are scrutinized by some of today's most qualified scholars, all of whom are thoroughly versed in Girard’s groundbreaking work.
     Including an important new essay by Girard, this volume enters into a philosophical debate that challenges the bona fides of philosophy itself by examining three supremely important philosopher of the twentieth century. It asks how we might think about politics now that the attacks of 9/11 have shifted our intellectual foundations and what the outbreak of rabid religion might signify for international politics.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Table of Contents
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  1. An Introductory Essay
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. The Evangelical Subversion of Myth
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. Carl Schmitt’s “Apocalyptic” Resistance against Global Civil War
  2. pp. 69-94
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  1. Philosophy, History, and Apocalypse in Voegelin, Strauss, and Girard
  2. pp. 95-137
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  1. Modernity and the Jewish Question: What Leo Strauss Learned from Nietzsche
  2. pp. 139-187
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  1. The Straussian Moment
  2. pp. 189-218
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  1. Understanding in Quest of Faith: The Central Problem in Eric Voegelin’s Philosophy
  2. pp. 219-261
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-266
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