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Powers of Distinction: On Religion and Modernity

Nancy Levene


Powers of Distinction is an account of the elemental character of religion and modernity, a conceptual history that aims to clarify the commitments involved in these terms. Deep in their operating systems, it argues, are dualisms of opposition and identity that cannot be reconciled with the forms of life they ostensibly support. There is a missing position, neither non-dualism nor multiplication but a second dualism constitutive of mutual relation--relation that risks contestation and even violence but also supports modernity’s most innovative ideals: democracy, criticism, and interpretation. ... More

Keywords: modernity, religion, democracy, Abraham, dualism, distinction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226507361
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226507675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Levene, author
Yale University