Redemptive Hope: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of by Akiba Lerner

By Akiba Lerner

it is a booklet concerning the want for redemptive narratives to chase away depression and the hazards those comparable narratives create via elevating expectancies which are seldom fulfilled. The quasi-messianic expectancies produced by means of the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, and their diminution, have been stark reminders of an ongoing fight among beliefs and political realities.

Redemptive wish starts off via tracing the stress among theistic thinkers, for whom wish is transcendental, and intellectuals, who've striven to hyperlink hopes for redemption to our intersubjective interactions with different human beings.

Lerner argues shiny democracy needs to draw at the better of either non secular notion and secular liberal political philosophy. via bringing Richard Rorty’s pragmatism into dialog with early-twentieth-century Jewish thinkers, together with Martin Buber and Ernst Bloch, Lerner starts the paintings of establishing bridges, whereas insisting on keeping the most important transformations in dialectical rigidity. in basic terms any such discussion, he argues, can organize the rules for modes of redemptive inspiration healthy for the twenty-first century.

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