Category Archives: Political Theology

Remembering Derrida: A Forum | The Los Angeles Review of Books

Remembering Derrida: A Forum | The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Includes an interesting piece by Gil Anidjar on Derrida’s Holocaust.

The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson

The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson – NYTimes.com.

Telos 168: The West: Its Past and Its Prospects

Russell A. Berman on Telos 168: The West: Its Past and Its Prospects « Telos Press.

Includes video intro by Russell Berman.

Pop Up High Holiday cards from another century

History of the high holidays: Greeting cards sent in early 20th-century New York for Rosh Hashanah..

Pretty beautiful.

Jewish Enviro-Artists Have the Whole World in Their Hands – Forward.com

Jewish Enviro-Artists Have the Whole World in Their Hands – Forward.com.

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France – Forward.com

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France – Forward.com.

Including Sylvia Bataille, wife of Jacques Lacan.

Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre: Thinking through Tragedy and Comedy

Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre: Thinking through Tragedy and Comedy.

Paul and the Philosophers // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Paul and the Philosophers // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame.

Smart and helpful review of new collection on Paul.

‘Unhappy Happiness,’ Rabbi Nachman of Breslav – Forward.com

‘Unhappy Happiness,’ Or What Rabbi Nachman And Pharell Have in Common – Forward.com.

I am getting read to teach Twelfth Night and was struck by this reference to music in the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav:

“Presaging the hit song of Summer 2014, Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav famously taught, “It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.” In fact, Rabbi Nachman further observed, a century ahead of his time, sadness can lead to illness; poetically, he explained that this was because the body needs ten different kinds of music to survive, and all are threatened by gloom. Yet Rabbi Nachman himself could not uphold this mitzvah. Throughout his entire short life, he struggled with depression – latter-day diagnoses have ranged from bipolar disorder to more serious mental illness – as well as with physical ailments. It is an impossibility to be happy always.

The Experience Project

The Experience Project.

From project description: “Religious and spiritual experiences (RSEs) have long been a lively topic of inquiry for philosophers of religion, theologians, and scholars in religious studies. This project aims to make significant progress on key Big Questions concerning RSEs. One innovation of this project is its salient focus on the transformative powers of RSEs, a hitherto underexplored aspect of many RSEs. This focus will take the form of supporting research on transformative RSEs themselves, but also on transformative experiences more generally, with the hope that investigation of transformative experiences more generally might shed insight on transformative RSEs in particular. Research on the transformative powers of RSEs will occur in tandem with research on other of their aspects.”