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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Peter Dula

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395037
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.001.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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For decades, theologians and philosophers of religion have been engaged in vigorous debate about the status and nature of ecclesiology, hence of community. In that discussion, theologians have found resources in political philosophy, particularly communitarianism and political liberalism. This book turns instead to Stanley Cavell to show how his work illuminates that discussion, in particular, how his understanding of companionship and friendship might usefully complicate the communitarian‐liberal divide. Since the 1960s, Cavell has been the most category‐defying philosopher in North America as well as one of the least understood. In part, this is because philosophers are not sure what to do with Cavell's extensive engagements with literature and film or, stranger yet, Cavell's openness to theological concerns. This book, the first on Cavell and theology, places Cavell in conversation with some of the philosophers most influential in contemporary theology (Alasdair MacIntyre, Martha Nussbaum, and John Rawls). It then takes up Cavell's relationship to Christian theology, shows how the figure of Christ appears repeatedly in his work, and illustrates how Cavell's account of skepticism and acknowledgment is a profoundly illuminating and transformative resource for theological discussions, not just of ecclesiology, but of sin, salvation, and the existence of God.

Keywords: Stanley Cavell; ecclesiology; companionship; friendship; communitarianism; liberalism; theology

Book.  296 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Companionship and Community in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Scenes of Instruction in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Private Languages in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Fugitive Ecclesia in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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<i>The Claim of Reason</i>'s Apophatic Anthropology in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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“Can We Believe All This?” in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Evidence of Habitation in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Truly Human in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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Conclusion in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

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