Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Religious and Theological Studies

First Advisor

Jere Surber

Keywords

Force, Justice, Law, Religious Violence, Right, Terrorism

Abstract

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.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Evgeni V. Pavlov

File size

207 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Law

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