On Seizing the Source: Toward a Phenomenology of Religious Violence

Michael Staudigl
2016 International Journal of Philosophical Studies  
In this paper I argue that we need to analyze 'religious violence' in the 'postsecular context' in a twofold way: rather than simply viewing it in terms of mere irrationality, senselessness, atavism, or monstrosity -terms which, as we witness today on an immense scale, are strongly endorsed by the contemporary theater of cruelty committed in the name of religion -we also need to understand it in terms of an 'originary supplement' of 'disengaged reason' . In order to confront its specificity
more » ... nd traditional explanations of violence, I propose an integrated phenomenological account of religion that traces the phenomenality of religion in terms of a correlation between the originary givenness of transcendence and capable man's creative capacities to respond to it. Following Ricoeur, I discuss 'religious violence' in terms of a monopolizing appropriation of the originary source of givenness that conflates man's freedom to poetically respond to the appeal of the foundational with the surreptitiously claimed sovereignty to make it happen in a practical transfiguration of the everyday.
doi:10.1080/09672559.2016.1284785 pmid:28690372 pmcid:PMC5479334 fatcat:scyht64upjfcdmjpe7csg4qnjm