The Neighbor

The Neighbor

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In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly clear what he thought about the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 and then elaborated in Christian teachings, to love one's neighbor as oneself. a€œLet us adopt a naive attitude towards it, a€ he proposed, a€œas though we were hearing it for the first time; we shall be unable then to suppress a feeling of surprise and bewilderment.a€ After the horrors of World War II, the Holocaust, and Stalinism, Leviticus 19:18 seems even less conceivablea€”but all the more urgent nowa€”than Freud imagined. In The Neighbor, three of the most significant intellectuals working in psychoanalysis and critical theory collaborate to show how this problem of neighbor-love opens questions that are fundamental to ethical inquiry and that suggest a new theological configuration of political theory. Their three extended essays explore today's central historical problem: the persistence of the theological in the political. In a€œToward a Political Theology of the Neighbor, a€ Kenneth Reinhard supplements Carl Schmitta€™s political theology of the enemy and friend with a political theology of the neighbor based in psychoanalysis. In a€œMiracles Happen, a€ Eric L. Santner extends the book's exploration of neighbor-love through a bracing reassessment of Benjamin and Rosenzweig. And in an impassioned plea for ethical violence, Slavoj A½iA¾eka€™s a€œNeighbors and Other Monstersa€ reconsiders the idea of excess to rehabilitate a positive sense of the inhuman and challenge the influence of Levinas on contemporary ethical thought. A rich and suggestive account of the interplay between love and hate, self and other, personal and political, The Neighbor has proven to be a touchstone across the humanities and a crucial text for understanding the persistence of political theology in secular modernity. This new edition contains a new preface by the authors.This new edition contains a new preface by the authors.

Title:The Neighbor
Author:Slavoj Žižek, Eric L. Santner, Kenneth Reinhard
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2013-07-12


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