BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabeth Goldwyn, “Reading Between the Lines: Form and Content in Levinas’s Talmudic Readings” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
Originally published in Hebrew, Reading between the Lines takes up philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s fascinating contributions to Jewish thought, concentrating specifically on his talmudic readings in the context of “contemporary midrash.” Herself a scholar and teacher of the Talmud, Elisabeth Goldwyn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Antonio Calcagno, “Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social And Political Philosophy In Edith Stein” (Duquesne UP, 2014)
While most works devoted to Edith Steins philosophical legacy focus on her later, more explicitly Christian works, including Finite and Eternal Being, this comprehensive account offers readers a look into the early social and political philosophy of Stein before her… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Daniel D. Miller, “The Myth of Normative Secularism: Religion and Politics in the Democratic Homeworld” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However, recent political developments, such as the rise of global Islamism and the American religious Right, have… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Samuli Schielke and Liza Debevec, eds., “Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes: An Anthropology of Everyday Religion” (Berghahn, 2016)
Everyday practice of religion is complex in its nature, ambivalent and at times contradictory. The task of an anthropology of religious practice is therefore precisely to see how people navigate and make sense of that complexity, and what the significance… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert Darden, “Nothing but Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City” (Penn State UP, 2016),
Volume 1 of Nothing but Love in Gods Water traced the music of protest spirituals from the Civil War to the American labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s, and on through the Montgomery bus boycott. This second volume continues… Read More
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