Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Felix Murchadha
2020
February
Continental Philosophy Review
Violent times, the horror of the unspeakable and the temporality of religious experience
Published
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Violence Religion Walter Benjamin Theodicy Leibniz Mysticism
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Violence is essential to religion, while religion holds the promise of transcending violence. The designation religious refers not to a type of violence, but to a specifc issue of violence, namely the claim to higher (theodical) justifcation. This religious aspect is not confned to religion; it is also evident in the secular domain. A critique of religious violence needs to show the gap between violence and its justifcations, experienced afectively in horror. This horror in response to the unspeakable is structurally akin to mystical experience, the temporal structure of which indicates the failure of the theodical justifcation for violence.
1387-2842
10.1007/s11007-020-09490-0
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Humanities in Context