By Dennis King Keenan

ISBN-10: 0253110564

ISBN-13: 9780253110565

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In this centred and precise examine questions surrounding the act of sacrifice, Dennis King Keenan discusses either the position and the which means of sacrifice in our lives. development on fresh philosophical discussions at the present and transcendence, Keenan covers new flooring with this exploration of the spiritual, mental, and moral matters that sacrifice includes. in line with Keenan, sacrifice is mockingly known as to sacrifice itself. yet what does this priceless, but very unlikely suggest for dwelling a moral existence? alongside how one can a solution, Keenan considers the perspectives of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Lacan, Levinas, Blanchot, Irigaray, Derrida, Kristeva, Nancy, and Zizek. This considerate and provocative paintings offers a cosmopolitan philosophical remedy of the query of sacrifice.

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In “Stories of Sacrifice: From Wellhausen to Girard,” John Milbank argues that Wellhausen constructed his theory of the original sacrifice not from evidence, but from his own liberal Lutheran preferences for private religion and a centralizing divinely ordained (political) state (SS 20). Echoing Detienne’s thesis that the vocation of sacrifice is to fulfill the major social function of mobilizing mental and moral energies (PCES 33/CPSS 19), Milbank writes, “Before the sociologists, Wellhausen ‘retrieved’ sacrifice as the ‘highest’ religious truth of surrender of the individual to the (political) community” (SS 20).

Another reason to perhaps relegate the category of “sacrifice” to the status of a contemporary anachronism is the persistently pervasive sexism in theories of sacrifice. In Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity, Nancy Jay writes, “Theories of sacrifice commonly exhibit notions of gender ranging from taken-for-granted male domination to explicit misogyny” (TYGF 128). Jay’s work reveals an affinity between sacrifice and patriliny unacknowledged in most theories of sacrifice.

That the manufacturing process of making the Eucharistic wafer from flour paste was often technically similar to making coins from metal ingots allowed thinkers like Nicholas of Cusa in fifteenth-century Germany to observe how the Eucharistic wafer’s symbolic representation of the body of Jesus—or its actually being the body— has a numismatically iconic character. (AM 15) 11 The Question of Sacrifice This association of the sacrifice of the Eucharist with money serves as a reminder that an economy of sacrifice is at the heart of the predominant doctrine of sacrifice.

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