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By Terry Eagleton

"Holy Terror" is a profound and well timed research of the assumption of terror, drawing upon political, philosophical, literary, and theological assets to track a family tree from the traditional international to the trendy day. instead of upload to the mounting pile of political stories of terrorism, Terry Eagleton bargains the following a metaphysics of terror with a significant historic viewpoint. Writing with outstanding readability and persuasive perception he examines an idea whose cultural impression predates Sept. 11 through millennia. From its earliest manifestations in ceremony and formality, during the French Revolution to the 'War on Terror' of this present day, terror has been looked with either horror and fascination. Eagleton examines the duality of the sacred (both life-giving and death-dealing) and relates it, through present and prior rules of freedom, to the assumption of terror itself. Stretching from the cult of Dionysus to the idea of Jacques Lacan, the ebook takes in en path rules of God, freedom, the chic, and the subconscious. It additionally examines the matter of evil, and devotes a concluding bankruptcy to the belief of tragic sacrifice and the scapegoat. Written through one of many world's preferable cultural critics, "Holy Terror" is a provocative and bold exam of 1 of the main pressing problems with our time.

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Quoted in Gilles Deleuze, one thousand Plateaus (London, 1988), 231. three. Quoted in Peter Hallward, Badiou: an issue to fact (Minneapolis and London, 2003), 263. i've got mentioned the query of evil extra totally in candy Violence: the belief of the Tragic (Oxford, 2003), ch. nine. four. Walter Benjamin, Illuminations (London, 1973), 244. 6. scapegoats 1. Georges Bataille, Visions of extra: chosen Writings 1927–1939 (Minneapolis, 1985), one hundred twenty. 2. Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: the root of Universalism (Stanford, 2003), forty seven. three. See Paul Ricœur, The Symbolism of Evil (Boston, 1969), 225. a hundred and forty four Notes four. sleek scapegoats additionally are evoked: Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, defined as ‘a reward of God: notwithstanding it’s as darkish nearly as though it got here from the devil’, who lives with the unflinching absolutism of Thanatos, refuses to back off at the actual of his implacable hope for Catherine, and is borne by way of it immediately into dying; and Melville’s Moby-Dick, who's either holy in his whiteness and a sublimely terrifying nothingness. Ahab, the novel’s crazed demoniac protagonist, is without doubt one of the dwelling lifeless who regards holiness as evil and finds the very sight of loveliness agonizing. This doomed self-tormentor refuses to renounce on his most unlikely hope for the white whale––a hope that is all that lends him a semblance of life––and, like Heathcliff, pursues this longing all of the manner into demise. five. i've got written at the novel extra totally within the Rape Of Clarissa: Writing, Sexuality and sophistication fight in Samuel Richardson (Oxford, 1982). 6. (London, 1958). Index absolutism 26 Aeschylus 15 aesthetic humanism 87 aesthetics 87 anarchy 10, 26, seventy nine Anderson, B. ninety four anti-essentialism eighty three Aquinas, Thomas 28, forty two, a hundred, one hundred and one, 103 Arendt, H. 141 n. 6 Aristotle 27, 35, forty seven, 131–2 paintings forty four, forty six, fifty seven, 86–8 Augustine of Hippo, St 27, 33, forty six, one zero one Austen, J. fifty seven Badiou, A. 33, 98–9, 119, 132 Balzac, H. de fifty six, 61–2 Bataille, G. 129 Baudelaire, C. 119 Benjamin, W. 119 Blanchot, M. ninety five Brecht, B. fifty six, 122 Büchner, G. 75–6, 119 Burke, E. 30, sixty four, 66–7, 86 on French Revolution 50–1, 53–4 on sublimity forty seven, 48–9, 51–3, ninety two capitalism fifty four, fifty nine, 76–7, eighty two, 85–6 American sixty six and freedom eighty Christianity forty three, ninety eight Conrad, J. fifty six, 91–2, 121–7 consumerism seventy seven construction 33 tradition 10, eleven, 17 and barbarism 14 possibility fifty four de Tocqueville, A. seventy six loss of life 12–13, fifty four, 114, 128–9 Dionysus and four and freedom 39, seventy five of God seventy one starvation strikers 89–90, ninety three, ninety five, ninety six and legislations forty and love 8–9 and sublimity 44–5 see additionally suicide bombers; Thanatos demise force, see Thanatos Defoe, D. fifty six Deleuze, G. 119 Descartes, R. eighty three hope 7–8, nine, 31, forty three, 81–2, eighty four, 107–8 and legislation 10, 24, 28–9 and should 106–7 devil/devils 32, ninety seven, 102, 119; see additionally devil Dickens, C. fifty six Dionysus 2–4, 5–7, eleven, 22–3, 24, 31, 32 146 Index Dionysus (cont. ) cult of 13–14, 22 and loss of life force 21, 22 and jouissance three, sixteen Dostoevsky, F. M. four, forty six, ninety seven, one hundred twenty Eliot, T. S. ninety four Empson, W. nine Eros five, eight, 10, 12, 24–5, 31 Euripides fifty two and identification 21–2 Pentheus 5–7, eight, eleven, thirteen, 15, sixteen, 17, 18, 25–6 evil 102–3, 115–20, a hundred and forty and non-being 103, 120–1 fascism fifty four, 109, 118–19 fatalism 25 forgiveness 19, 30 Foucault, M.

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