Strangers, Gods and Monsters

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September 2002



Strangers, Gods and Monsters is a fascinating look at how human identity is shaped by three powerful but enigmatic forces. Often overlooked in accounts of how we think about ourselves and others, Richard Kearney skilfully shows, with the help of vivid examples and illustrations, how the human outlook on the world is formed by the mysterious triumvirate of strangers, gods and monsters.
Throughout, Richard Kearney shows how Strangers, Gods and Monsters do not merely reside in myths or fantasies but constitute a central part of our cultural unconscious. Above all, he argues that until we understand better that the Other resides deep within ourselves, we can have little hope of understanding how our most basic fears and desires manifest themselves in the external world and how we can learn to live with them.


Introduction 1. Strangers and Scapegoats 2. Rights of Sacrifice 3. Aliens and Others 4. Evil, Monstrosity and the Sublime 5. On Terror 6. Hamlet's Ghosts: From Shakespeare to Joyce 7. Melancholy: Between Gods and Monsters 8. The Immemorial: A Task of Narrative 9. God or Khora? 10. Last Gods and Final Things Conclusion


"In this brilliant book Richard Kearney sets his sights on the hyperbolic inflation of otherness. The refusal to acknowledge 'oneself-as-another, ' as Ricoeur puts it, generates visions of otherness that call for a critical hermeneutics. Like Baudrillard, Benjamin, and Zizek before him, Kearney has a finely tuned ear for the often hysterical workings of the media and popular culture, and in this respect his chapter reflecting on 9/11 is exemplary. He argues convincingly for the need for judgment when we 'welcome strangers, respect gods, and acknowledge monsters'. In this endeavor, Kearney is the ideal companion, and he proves again to be one of the liveliest philosophical minds in America."
-David Wood, Vanderbilt University
""Strangers, Gods, and Monsters along with the other two volumes in the trilogy, stands as an important contribution to the fields of religious theory and Continental philosophy. Moreover, Kearney's trilogy offers a thorough and insightful analysis of major issues and debates across disciplinary fields."
-Victor E. Taylor, York College of Pennsylvania, "Journal of the American Academy of Religion
EAN: 9780415272582
ISBN: 0415272580
Untertitel: Interpreting Otherness. 22 b&w photographs. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2002
Seitenanzahl: 304 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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