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A Conversation with Catherine Malabou
Conducted by Noëlle Vahanian, Lebanon Valley College

The questions of the following interview are aimed at introducing Catherine Malabou’s work and philosophical perspective to an audience who may have never heard of her, or who know only that she was a student of...



Apology and the Possibility of Ethical Politics
Dr. Danielle Celermajer, Director of Global Studies, University of Sydney

The redemptive sequence, transgression-repentance/apology-forgiveness-reconciliation–redemption, has long functioned as an archetypical narrative of healing or liberation in both religion and personal...

Augustine on the 'nihil': An Interrogation
Gavin Hyman,
University of Lancaster, UK

How does one conceptualise 'nothing'?  What is 'nothing'?  What do we mean when we speak of the 'nothing'?  Is 'nothing' really anything at all?  If 'nothing' haunts, disrupts and deconstructs us, does this imply that it...

Time and Money: Philosophy of Religion and the Critique of Capital
William Large, The College of St Mark and St John

The highly speculative argument I want to follow in this paper is that religion is not a matter of metaphysics, but of politics. Not just in the sense that it is an alternative, or merely an addition, to the other...

The Assumption of Desire: Kierkegaard,  Lacan, and the Trauma of the Eucharist
Marcus Pound, University of Bristol

Despite flirting with a theological turn of phrase, the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan remained, as Freud was, a resolute atheist: “religion in all its forms consists of avoiding...

Of Ghosts and Angels: Derrida, Kushner, and the Impossibility of Forgiveness
Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University

In a number of essays and lectures written toward the end of his life, Jacques Derrida sets forth the controversial proposition that forgiveness can only forgive that which cannot be forgiven. If a transgression is said...

 Review Essays

Sovereignty: That Divine Ministry of the Affairs of Earthly Life
Antonio Negri

 A critical reading of the recent theoretical work of Giorgio Agamben beginning with the volume “Il Regno e la Gloria” [The Reign and the Glory], which is a philosophical study that reconstructs...

The Religion of Politics:  Concerning a Postmodern Political Theology ”To Come”
Carl Raschke, University of Denver

"The religion of politics,” wrote the Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz, “was born from the ruins of Christianity.” The political, “or more precisely, Revolution—co-opted the other function of religion...


The Enlightenment: Good for What Ails Us?
Grieve-Carlson, Lebanon Valley College

Stephen Bronner’s project in this book comes in two parts: the first is a rebuttal of the attack on the Enlightenment articulated in Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947)...


A Review of Jacob Howland’s Kierkegaard and Socrates
Apple Zefelius Igrek, Central Washington University

Jacob Howland’s reflections on faith and philosophy, in a volume preoccupied with such elusive themes as time, eros, sin, redemption, reason, revelation, eternity, and difference, are remarkable...

Some contemporary human rights theorists attempt to bypass many of the historical problems associated with justifying human rights by avoiding the metaphysical and ontological arguments for human rights that...

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