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Philosophy and Religion


The Value of Solitude

The Ethics and Spirituality of Aloneness in Autobiography John D. Barbour

Most people feel ambivalent about solitude, both loving and fearing it depending on how they experience being alone at certain points in their lives. In The Value of Solitude, John Barbour explores some of the ways in which experiences of solitude, both positive and negative, have been interpreted... More


Meditation and the Martial Arts

Michael L. Raposa

The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one: meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for combat, while the physical exercises constituting much of the discipline of the martial arts might well be considered meditative... More


Between Faith and Thought

An Essay on the Ontotheological Condition Jeffrey W. Robbins

The ontotheological problem is perhaps the defining issue of contemporary philosophical theology, as it reveals that dimension of thought where reason and faith are indivisible and indissoluble—where philosophy recognizes its faith in reason and theology realizes its responsibility to thought. In... More


Exhibiting Religion

Colonialism and Spectacle at International Expositions, 1851–1893 John P. Burris

World’s fairs contributed mightily to defining a relationship between religion and the wider world of human culture. Even at the base level of popular culture found on the midways of the earliest international expositions—where Victorian ladies gawked at displays of non-Western, "primitive" life—... More


Taking Responsibility

Comparative Perspectives Winston Davis, ed.

Responsibility has become the "queen of modern virtues," Winston Davis argues, even if there is no consensus as to what responsibility means. This illuminating collection of essays encompasses conceptions of responsibility around the globe, as discussed by leading scholars in the fields of... More


Symbolic Loss

The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century's End Peter Homans

Historically, many world cultures have linked three disparate phenomena: collective loss; mourning; and the construction of monuments and cultural symbols to represent the loss over time and render it memorable, meaningful,and thereby bearable. In a century of great loss, observers of western... More


Modernity and Subjectivity

Body, Soul, Spirit Harvie Ferguson

Few concepts have come to dominate the human sciences as much as modernity, yet there is very little agreement over what the term actually means. Every aspect of contemporary human reality—modern society, modern life, modern times, modern art, modern science, modern music, the modern world—has been... More


Boredom and the Religious Imagination

Michael L. Raposa

Boredom matters, writes Michael Raposa, because it represents a threat to spiritual life. Boredom can undermine prayer and meditation and signal the failure of religious imagination. If you engage it seriously, however, it can also be the starting point for philosophical reflection and spiritual... More


Creationism on Trial

Evolution and God at Little Rock Langdon Gilkey

Creationism on Trial is Gilkey's blow-by-blow account of his experiences as a witness for the ACLU at the 1981 creationist trial in Little Rock, AR.


The Otherness of God

Orrin F. Summerell, ed.

This volume offers essays on the nature of God and the fundamental tasks of philosophy and theology written by internationally recognized thinkers in the distinct fields of philosophy, religious studies, and theology. The Otherness of God traces the lineage of its theme from Plato and Aristotle... More


Myth and Method

Laurie L. Patton and Wendy Doniger, eds.

In the wake of the elegant master theories of Joseph Campbell, Mircea Eliade, Georges Dumezil, and Claude Levi-Strauss, how are mythology and the comparative study of religion to be understood? In Myth and Method, a leading team of scholars assesses the current state of the study of myth and... More


Savage Systems

Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa David Chidester

Savage Systems examines the emergence of the concepts of "religion"and "religions" on colonial frontiers. The book offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which European travelers, missionaries, settlers, and government agents, as well as indigenous Africans, engaged in the comparison of... More


Crossing Boundaries

Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities Julie Thompson Klein

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Captured by Texts

Puritan to Postmodern Images of Indian Captivity Gary L. Ebersole

How has the American Indian captivity narrative been used to explain the human condition? How does it serve to interpret the meaning of pain and suffering, gender, and the primitive-civilized dichotomy? In Captured by Texts, Gary L. Ebersole explores these questions, showing that our fictional... More


Aristotelian and Cartesian Logic at Harvard

Charles Morton's Logick System & William Brattle's Compendium of Logick Edited by Rick Kennedy

Charles Morton was transatlantic Puritanism's most famous educator at the time of his arrival in Boston in 1686. His Logick System advocated the vigorous Aristotelian logic popularized by Melanchthon. William Brattle, a generation younger than Morton, was one of Harvard's most beloved tutors.... More


Versions of Deconversion

Autobiography and the Loss of Faith John D. Barbour

In Versions of Deconversion John Barbour examines the work of a broad selection of authors in order to discover the reasons for their loss of faith and to analyze the ways in which they have interpreted loss. For some the experience of deconversion led to atheism or agnosticism, and others used... More


Knowledges

Historical and Critical Studies in Disciplinarity Edited by Ellen Messer-Davidow, David R. Shumway, and David J. Sylvan

The editors of this volume have brought together a distinguished and truly diverse group of contributors to examine how all sorts of knowledges have been constituted and to reconsider their constitution.


System of Transcendental Idealism (1800)

F. W. J. Schelling. Translated by Peter Heath. Introduction by Michael Vater

System of Transcendental Idealism is probably Schelling's most important philosophical work. A central text in the history of German idealism, its original German publication in 1800 came seven years after Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre and seven years before Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.


The Recovery of Rhetoric

Persuasive Discourse and Disciplinarity in the Human Sciences R. H. Roberts and J. M. M. Good, eds.

This collection of essays by distinguished international scholars from various disciplines addresses the widespread and growing interest in the nature and function of rhetoric, and in the rhetorical analysis of such human sciences as psychology, political science, economics, medicine, and... More


Ordinarily Sacred

Lynda Sexson

Lynda Sexson offers a theology of everyday experience in this enchanting book that shows how the religious traditions of the world lie slightly concealed in the details and commonplaces of ordinary life.


Conversion and Text

The Cases of Augustine of Hippo, Herman-Judah, and Constantine Tsatsos Karl F. Morrison

Interpreting three conversion accounts, Morrison accents the categorical difference between the experience of conversion and written narratives about it. He explains why experience and text can only be related to each other in fictive ways.


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