Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism

Feisal Mohamed

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Our post-secular present, argues Feisal Mohamed, has much to learn from our pre-secular past. Through a consideration of poet and polemicist John Milton, this book explores current post-secularity, an emerging category that it seeks to clarify and critique. It examines ethical and political engagement grounded in belief, with particular reference to the thought of Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, Jürgen Habermas, and Gayatri C. Spivak. Taken to an extreme, such engagement produces the cult of the suicide bomber. But the suicide bomber has also served as a convenient bogey for those wishing to distract us from the violence in Western and Christian traditions and for those who would dismiss too easily the vigorous iconoclasm that belief can produce. More than any other poet, Milton alerts us to both anti-humane and liberationist aspects of belief and shows us relevant dynamics of language by which such commitment finds expression.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherStanford University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9780804780735
ISBN (Print)9780804776509, 9780804776516
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCultural Memory in the Present


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