The Intimate Universal: The Hidden Porosity Among Religion, Art, Philosophy, and Politics

Hardcover | November 29, 2016

byWilliam Desmond

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William Desmond sees religion, art, philosophy, and politics as essential and distinctive modes of human practice, manifestations of an intimate universality that illuminates individual and social being. They are also surprisingly permeable phenomena, and by observing their relations, Desmond captures notes of a clandestine conversation that transforms ontology.

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William Desmond sees religion, art, philosophy, and politics as essential and distinctive modes of human practice, manifestations of an intimate universality that illuminates individual and social being. They are also surprisingly permeable phenomena, and by observing their relations, Desmond captures notes of a clandestine conversati...

William Desmond is professor of philosophy, Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and David R. Cook Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Villanova University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023117876X

ISBN - 13:9780231178761

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: For and Against the Universal-Doing JusticePart I: The Intimate Universal-Exoteric Reflections: Religion1. Religion and the Intimate Universal: Neither Cosmopolis nor Ghetto2. Art and the Intimate Universal: Neither Imitation nor Self-Creation3. Philosophy and the Intimate Universal: Neither Theory nor Practice4. Politics and the Intimate Universal: Neither Servility nor SovereigntyPart II: The Intimate Universal-Systematic Thoughts: From the Idiotic to the Agapeic5. The Idiotics of the Intimate Universal6. The Aesthetics of the Intimate Universal7. The Erotics of the Intimate Universal8. The Agapeics of the Intimate UniversalGlossaryNotesIndex

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There is today no more important philosophical project being undertaken than that of William Desmond's poetic, unshirkingly apposite and yet unpretentious attempt to rethink a metaphysics of analogy and mediation. This book represents another chapter in its unfolding.