Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech by Talal AsadIs Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech by Talal Asad

Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech

byTalal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler

Paperback | May 9, 2013

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This volume interrogates settled ways of thinking about the seemingly interminable conflict between religious and secular values in our world today. What are the assumptions and resources internal to secular conceptions of critique that help or hinder our understanding of one of the most pressing conflicts of our times?
Taking as their point of departure the question of whether critique belongs exclusively to forms of liberal democracy that define themselves in opposition to religion, these authors consider the case of the "Danish cartoon controversy" of 2005. They offer accounts of reading, understanding, and critique for offering a way to rethink conventional oppositions between free speech and religious belief, judgment and violence, reason and prejudice, rationality and embodied life. The book, first published in 2009, has been updated for the present edition with a new Preface by the authors.

Talal Asad is Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critiq...
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Title:Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free SpeechFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pagesPublished:May 9, 2013Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823251691

ISBN - 13:9780823251698

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This original and provocative book is an invitation to go beyond political niceties and engage issues of religious difference with candor. Both scholarly and engaging, the book uplifts the level of public debate on the entanglement of religious and secular reasoning in the making of modern publics.