Beyond the Problem of Evil
Derrida and Anglophone Philosophy of Religion
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of Pages: 170
Width: 15.4 cm
Height: 22 cm
Beyond the Problem of Evil tackles the reinventing the philosophy of religion by way of a topic familiar to anyone who has encountered the field. By considering how "the problem of evil" is historically structured by commitments to theism alongside the recent calls for cross-cultural relevance in the field, the book offers an argument whereby philosophers of religion may globalize the scope of their work. Drawing on the work of Jacques Derrida and critical theorists of religion, the topic is reframed as an investigation of how social actors perceive necessities and grapple with accidents that disrupt them. In this way, the usual commitments to categories structured by theism no longer prevent cross-cultural studies of "evil" and the stage is set for rethinking the field.