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Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134982.003.0007
Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?

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Standard social science is required to conform to the dictates of methodological atheism. Rene Girard's thought is ambiguous with regard to the question of whether his theory of violence meets this requirement. James Gilligan and Fred Alford are two authors who write out of a similar ambiguity, though they tend to come down more on the secular side. Eric Voegelin's thought provides a critique of the limitations of secular social science and points toward the possibility of an explicitly theological social science, which Girard has been moving toward in his later writings.

Keywords: Alford; Gilligan; Girard; methodological atheism; Voegelin

Chapter.  5257 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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