The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology - Religion and Postmodernism by Slavoj Zizek
In "Civilization and Discontent," Freud showed very clearly what he thought of the biblical command, which was first expressed in Leviticus 19:18, and then placed in the Christian teachings, in…
The Neighbor synopsis
In "Civilization and Discontent," Freud showed very clearly what he thought of the biblical command, which was first expressed in Leviticus 19:18, and then placed in the Christian teachings, in order to love his neighbor as himself. "Let's take a naive attitude about this," he suggested.
"As if we had heard it for the first time, we would not be able to suppress the sense of surprise and confusion." After the horrors of World War II, the Holocaust, Stalinism, and Yugoslavia, "Leviticus 19:18" seems less imaginable - but more urgent now - than Freud imagined. In The Neighbor, three of the most important thinkers working in psychoanalysis and critical theory collaborate to show how this problem of neighborly love opens up fundamental questions of moral inquiry and suggests a new theological structure of political theory.
Their three expanded articles explore the current central historical problem: the theological continuation of politics. In his book "Toward the PoliticalTheology of the Neighbor," Kenneth Reinhardt complements the politicaltheology of Karl Schmidt and his friend with the politicaltheology of the neighbor at his psychoanalytic headquarters.
In "The Miracles of the Incident," Eric L. Santner expands on the book's exploration of neighbor love through a thorough re-evaluation of Benjamin and Rosenzweig.
In a cynical appeal to moral violence, neighbors and other Slavov Zizk allies have rethink the idea of over-re-instilling a positive sense of inhumanity and challenging the influence of the Levina on contemporary moral thought. A rich and suggestive account of the interaction between love and hate, self and other, personal and political, will prove that the "neighbor" will be a crossroads of humanity and an important text for understanding the persistence of political theology in secular modernity..
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