His latest book, The Faith of the Faithless, systematically connects these two threads. We live, Critchley claims, in an age defined by a. The return to religion has arguably become the dominant theme of contemporary culture. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era. Following Critchley’s Infinitely Demanding, this new book builds on its Schmitt and John Gray, Critchley examines whether there can be a faith of the faithless.

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Critchley recasts “modernization” from a process resulting in an increasingly secular society to one in which the sacred remains central but is redefined.

Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era, where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict. Conscience is the inward ear that listens for the repetition of the infinite demand. This movement can even be mapped onto the course of faithh career. Explore the latest social science book reviews by academics and experts.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Critchley certainly does the heavy lifting to convey the crux of his thought. Dec 06, Joshua rated it liked it. Critchley echoes Carl Schmitt in that he calls for a return to theological framing, and not the usual means of drawing attention to injustice or as some would deride it, liberal guilt.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The infinite ethical demand allows us to become the subjects of which we are capable of being by dividing us from ourselves, by forcing us to lie in accordance with an asymmetrical and unfulfilable demand — say the demand to be Christ-like — whilst knowing that we are all too human.


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Oct 16, pplofgod rated it really liked it Shelves: Seriously, a good load of excellent work has been placed into this one. And it is this faith of the faithless which the book attempts to sketch from a historical, philosophical and theological perspective. Oscar Wilde, Rousseau, and St. The Faith of the Faithless asks how we might respond. Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism—or is there another way?


The Faith of the Faithless: Koolraapeter rated it really liked it May 28, Starting from the depths of despair, Critchley investigates how the Political Left can return to use the concepts of religion after the Death of God, and how to contrast the precepts of faith with relativistic nihilism.

See myself returning to it soon for a second reading after the first impression of Critchley’s argument sinks in.

These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: In all, It’s really a deeply hopeful and fritchley book and the are moments where his argument fully Great resource for thinking about the intersections between politics, faith and violence.

Looking for More Great Reads? I was completely lost in much of it. The Anatomy of Loneliness. Critchley writes very accessible philosophy in a book called “Continental Philosophy” part of the Oxford Very Short Introduction series. Because he’s not simply suggestion it’s a matter of historical context: This book is not a single argument, but a collection of related essays. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jan 03, Brian Moore rated it really liked it.


Hitchens was above all a scorching contrarian. Investigation into the dangerous interdependence of politics and religion. Dec 03, Aiman Caezar rated it really liked it. I wanted to like The Faith of the Faithless more than I ended up doing. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The stuff on Heidegger is some of Critchley’s best work. Should we defend a version of secularism or quietly accept the slide into theism?

But believers, as well as non-believers, faithkess no longer allowed the naivety of a pre-Kierkegaardian faith.

Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism—or is there another way? Makes a lot of references to his ethical system laid out in Infinitely Demanding, reading it shortly to faithlezs if these hurdles can be overcome by that work.

The Faith of the Faithless

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