Theology and Marxism in Eagleton and Zizek: A Conspiracy of Hope

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byOla Sigurdson

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Far from disappearing after 1989, left-wing political philosophy is today experiencing a renewed vitality. Among the most surprising developments in this renewal is its extensive interest in religion and theology. In this book, Swedish theologian Ola Sigurdson inquire into the reasons for this interest in two prominent Marxist thinkers, the British literary theorist and Catholic agnostic Terry Eagleton and the Slovenian philosopher and Protestant atheist Slavoj Žižek. Showing that their theological choices have profound implications for their political conceptions, Sigurdson suggests that Marxism and theology has a common ground in the urgency of the question of hope.

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Far from disappearing after 1989, left-wing political philosophy is today experiencing a renewed vitality. Among the most surprising developments in this renewal is its extensive interest in religion and theology. In this book, Swedish theologian Ola Sigurdson inquire into the reasons for this interest in two prominent Marxist thinkers...

Ola Sigurdson is a professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Centre for Culture and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has held visiting scholarships in Uppsala, Sweden, Cambridge, UK and Princeton, NJ. The author of more than fifteen books and anthologies, among them Heavenly Bodies (2006) and The Postsecul...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.56 × 5.71 × 0.76 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340113

ISBN - 13:9780230340114

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"This book is the best treatment we have of two towering public intellectuals – Eagleton an Zizek. These two powerful and profound voices are rendered even more relevant by Ola  Sigurdson." - Cornel West, professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University "Sigurdson offers a close reading of Eagleton's and Žižek's Marxist philosophies and their respective theological heritage. The fascinating disclosure of Eagleton's Catholic and Žižek's Protestant influences gives rise to a reflection on the structural affinities between philosophy and theology and on their shared concern for human emancipation in a world suffering under many forms of alienation. In spite of all differences, it is radical hope, not optimism, which defines both Marxist and Christian approaches to the transformation of this universe. This careful and enlightening study promotes the urgent conversation on hope between critical and self-critical philosophical and theological thinkers." - Werner G. Jeanrond, Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow "Ola Sigurdson's Theology and Marxism in Eagleton and Žižek is an accomplished and yet accessible work that makes a significant contribution to the conversation surrounding the connection between theology and radical thought." - Adam Kotsko, assistant professor, Shimer College