Item description for Power, Love and Evil: Contribution to a Philosophy of the Damaged. (At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries) by Wayne Cristaudo...
Love and evil are real - they are substances or force fields which contain us as constituent parts. Of all the powers of life they are the two most pregnant with meaning, hence the most generative of what is specifically human. Love and evil stand in the closest relationship to each other: evil is both what destroys love and what forces more love out of us; it is, as Augustine astutely grasped, privative (requiring something to negate) but it is also born out of misdirected love. Breaking with naive realist and post-modern dogmas about the nature of the real, this book provides the basis for a philosophy of generative action as it draws upon examples from philosophy, literature, religion and popular culture. While this book has a sympathetic ear for ancient and traditional narratives about the meaning of life, it offers a philosophy appropriate for our times and our crises. It is particularly directed at readers who are seeking for new ways to think about our world and self-making, and who are as dissatisfied with post-Nietzschean and post- Marxian 20th century social theory as they are by more traditional philosophical and naturalistic accounts of human being. Wayne Cristaudo is Associate Professor of European Studies at the University of Hong Kong. His publications include The Metaphysics of Science and Freedom: from Descartes to Kant to Hegel (Ashgate), This Great Beast: Progress and the Modern State (with Bob Catley) (Ashgate), Great Ideas in the Western Literary Canon (with Peter Poiana) (University of America Press) and Messianism, Apocalypse and Redemption in 20th Century German Thought (Introduction by Wayne Cristaudo and edited with Wendy Baker) (ATF). He has also published articles in international journals and chapters in books on Marx, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Eric Voegelin, Ernst Cassirer, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Franz Rosenzweig.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 19, 2007
ISBN 9042023384 ISBN13 9789042023383
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More About Wayne Cristaudo
Wayne Cristaudo is professor of politics at Charles Darwin University. His books include Religion, Redemption, and Revolution; Power, Love and Evil; Great Ideas in the Western Literary Canon; and A Philosophical History of Love.
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Pick it up, put it down, pick it up again Jul 17, 2008
Wayne Cristaudo's "Power, Love and Evil" is a penetrating, daring, polymathic, and unblinking look at the two real forces of life specific to humans: love and evil. If the reader is skeptical about the reality of evil, Cristaudo makes his audience comfortable with the discussion of it. "Power, Love and Evil" delves into a scintillating array of historical, philosophical, religious, and literary associations that leave one both breathless and panting for more. And that is the beauty of this small book: It recognizes the duality of life, and leads us to understand its primary forces in tandem, as much as in counterpoint.
Not surprisingly, this work is both fast and slow going. It is redolent with relevant perspectives of the greatest philosophical minds out there, but it also relates those perspectives to events that live comfortably in mass understanding. For example, he crafts the sweeping historical insights of the relatively obscure social thinker, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, into a framework for understanding social conundrums such as the inexplicable murders by Gary Gilmore in Utah that led to that killer's demanding a reactivation of Utah's long-dormant death penalty.
Cristaudo leads us to recognize our personal terrors are as necessary as they are transitory. The wide brushstroke of Cristaudo's thought has so much appeal - for all its scholarliness and popular-culture allusions -- that one must talk back to it. Readers who have been to hell and back are poised for transformation by this book; and readers who have conned themselves into believing in the goodness of all human beings will begin a journey of their own out of that special darkness.
Pick it up, put it down, let it sit, pick it up again. "Power, Love and Evil" will grab you by the throat; but it will also make you smile.