The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments In Political Theology (2012) Simon Critchley

The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments In Political TheologyFirst third of book addresses the theme of “faith” directly. This faith is not attached to a metaphysical God but to a civil religion.. to politics. Critchley recasts “modernization” from a process resulting in an increasingly secular society to one in which the sacred remains central but is redefined. Oscar Wilde, Rousseau, and St. Paul feature in this argument. I was completely lost in much of it. I expected an easier go of it , and perhaps the false start through me off. Critchley writes very accessible philosophy in a book called “Continental Philosophy” part of the Oxford Very Short Introduction series. And even more clearly in his NYTimes blog called “The Stone.” There is also a very popular discussion with Critchley and Philip Seymour Hoffman that was taped sometime in the months leading to PSH death. They talk art, theater, creativity. Really underlines what a loss his death is.

 

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