Date of Award
Religious and Theological Studies
Force, Justice, Law, Religious Violence, Right, Terrorism
Although a number of approaches to the issue of religious violence are already
available for academic consumption, this study attempts to approach the problem of the
violent tension between religious principles and secular socio-political realities from a
new perspective. We argue that religious violence is best conceptualized as a moment of
crisis in the relationship between law and justice, considered as both intimately related (in
Kant's analysis of the rightful condition) and peculiarly disjointed (in Derrida's
reflections on the possibility of "justice beyond law"). We provide a preliminary account
of the necessary conditions for a future theory of religious violence based on our effort to
recontextualize the discussion of the corresponding issues by paying close theoretical
attention to the interaction between the concepts of law, justice, violence, and religion.
We conclude that any theoretical reevaluation of religious violence must inevitably widen
its scope to include not only such customary problems as the relationship between "faith"
and "knowledge" or the relationship between "private beliefs" and "public duties," but
also an account of the peculiarly religious motivational framework that often implicitly
guides our conversations about any future human condition of peace and justice.
Pavlov, Evgeni V., "Between Law and Justice: Kant, Derrida, and Religious Violence" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 502.
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Evgeni V. Pavlov
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Law