Fire Backstage: Philip Rieff and the Monastery of Culture

Fire Backstage: Philip Rieff and the Monastery of Culture

by Christopher Cain Elliott


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At present, the name and writings of Philip Rieff (1922-2006) hang under a sign of neglect. This book is an attempt to identify precisely what has been lost through this lack of critical attention, arguing that Rieff’s lifework marks a singular contribution to the fields of reactionary apocalyptics and social and cultural studies. Providing a working definition for the horizon of contemporary Jewish philosophy, this book also suggests how Rieff uniquely contributes to this field of speculative inquiry with an insufficiently appreciated, but essential, theory of psycho-theology

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631644102
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Series: Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas Series , #3
Pages: 157
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Cain Elliott holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a master’s degree from Lancaster University (United Kingdom), and a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College (USA).

Table of Contents

Contents: Philip Rieff (1922-2006) – Jewish Philosophy, Psychoanalysis – Freud – Reactionary Thought – Apocalyptics – Psycho-theology – Asceticism – Sacred Sociology.

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