Blurbs for After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion

I just received the blurbs for the forthcoming volume that Daniel Whistler and I have edited. Was rather excited to get them and proud to have two great endorsements so I’m sharing them here. The book should be available for pre-order on Amazon soon and closer to the date we will have a big push here to encourage readers to ask their local academic library to order the book. From there we may be able to get a paperback.

A superb and groundbreaking collection featuring the brightest scholars in the continental philosophy of religion.   The book deals with a feast of topics, and will become indispensable the moment it is published. – Kenneth Surin, Professor of Literature and Professor of Religion and Critical Theory, Duke University

Every once in a while, a collection of essays comes along that does not merely contribute to a field, but redraws its boundaries, repositions it in unforeseen ways. This is one such collection. The burgeoning work of ‘continental philosophy of religion’ is both employed and interrogated to startling effect. This is no tired and worn treadmill of ideas, but a disciplined armoury and an unruly intervention. The editors and authors display a well-won confidence in philosophy at the limit. They are not afraid to take on the sacred cows of orthodoxy or the modish assumptions of the recent ‘turn to religion’ in continental thinking. Fascinating new insights into the modern canon sit alongside adventurous forays into cutting edge speculative philosophy and non-philosophy (the editors’ introduction is worth the admission price alone). Demanding, provocative and groundbreaking, this is required reading for anyone who wants to know what matters in philosophy of religion today. – Steven Shakespeare, Lecturer in Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University and Co-Facilitator of the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion.

And this is a mock up of the cover. The image was created by Joshua Swenson and is entitled “Spinoza in Bacon”.

16 thoughts on “Blurbs for After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion

  1. That’s a wonderfully arresting cover. I’ll be sure to have the library of my small, ultra-conservative college purchase it, where it will stick out splendidly on their new books table.

  2. I also realize you might be serious, so the actual answer is that she and Daniel organized the first conference at Oxford on Continental philosophy of religion and that conference was the impetus for the volume (though it isn’t a conference volume).

  3. Wolfson,

    Because the volume builds off a different tradition than Anglo-American mainstream of philosophy of religion. This difference is outlined in other books and so we were taking it for granted that there is something called Continental philosophy of religion rather than trying to argue for its existence.

    Ben,

    Yes they are, but it’s a mock up. I assume they won’t be in the final version.

  4. Well yes, I mean, I know that it isn’t analytic philosophy of religion. But no one would mistake it (based on the main title) for such a collection, so (my question was meant to ask) why implicitly accept that a bare “philosophy of religion” would be the mainstream anglophone stuff by including the qualifier? It’s still philosophy, innit? I didn’t mean that you’d have to argue for the existence of a continental philosophy of religion but something stronger (perhaps) than your taking for granted that it exists, namely, your taking for granted that it doesn’t need to apologize for not being the mainstream in English.

  5. It seems to me that mainstream philosophy of religion isn’t even analytic in any meaningful sense, just very disconnected from religious practice and the history of philosophy, often just apologetics under an academic guise. I take your point though, even if I still see some use in the qualifier. Partly it has to do with marketing and partly to do with continuing after other books bearing a similiar subtitle.

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