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Imagination Now: A Richard Kearney Reader

Imagination Now: A Richard Kearney Reader

by M. E. Littlejohn (Editor)


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The world is increasingly polarized along religious, ethnic, race, gender, class, and ideological lines. But must such diversity necessarily breed suspicion, fear, or violence? Richard Kearney invites us to consider another path. He wagers that the cause of our divisions often lies not in difference but in a lack of creative imagination. Ever in a spirit of dialogue, he shows how poetics and narrative imagination can break the hold of hostility and open new possibilities of reconciliation, accomplishing what moral arguments alone cannot. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for Kearney's work, which addresses our current moment of crisis and division, providing pathways of creative response and healing. This book follows Kearney's journey through the fields of philosophy of the imagination, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, ethics, psychology, practical philosophy, and politics. The selection of writings in this volume offers to the specialist and the general reader a concise, well-rounded entry into one of the most prolific and wide-ranging thinkers in contemporary philosophy.

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ISBN-13: 9781786609212
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/13/2020
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Kearney is Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. His many publications include The Wake of Imagination (1988), On Stories (2002), Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (2003), Anatheism (2011), and Navigations (2007).

M. E. Littlejohn lectures in Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick and he is a visiting researcher at Sorbonne Université.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Richard Kearney / Part I: Thinking Imagination (Poetics, Literature, Culture) / Introduction / 1. Imagination Now / 2. Narrative Matters / 3. Writing Trauma and Narrative Catharsis / 4. Post-Modern Mirrors of Fiction / 5. The Narrative Imagination / Part II: Reading Life (Hermeneutics, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis) / Introduction / 6. Welcoming the Stanger / 7. Strangers, Gods and Monsters / 8. Diacritical Hermeneutics: Reading Between the Lines / 9. Carnal Hermeneutics / 10. Hermeneutics of Wounds / Part III: The Religious Wager (Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology of God, Inter-Religious Dialogue) / Introduction / 11. Anatheism: God After God / 12. Possiblizing God / 13. Epiphanies of the Everyday / 14. Eros Ascending and Descending / 15. Making God: A Theopoetic / Part IV: Philosophy in Action (Ethics, Politics, Critical Theory) / Introduction / 16. Between Poetics and Ethics / 17. On Terror / 18. Aliens and Others / 19. Towards a Post-Nationalist Archipelago / 20. The Wager of Hospitality / Epilogue: Richard Kearney Now / Bibliography / Index

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