This incredible need to believe

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Columbia University Press,
Pub. Date:
2009.
Language:
English
Description
"Unlike Freud, I do not claim that religion is just an illusion and a source of neurosis. The time has come to recognize, without being afraid of 'frightening' either the faithful or the agnostics, that the history of Christianity prepared the world for humanism."So writes Julia Kristeva in this provocative work, which skillfully upends our entrenched ideas about religion, belief, and the thought and work of a renowned psychoanalyst and critic. With dialogue and essay, Kristeva analyzes our "incredible need to believe"--the inexorable push toward faith that, for Kristeva, lies at the heart of the psyche and the history of society. Examining the lives, theories, and convictions of Saint Teresa of Avila, Sigmund Freud, Donald Winnicott, Hannah Arendt, and other individuals, she investigates the intersection between the desire for God and the shadowy zone in which belief resides. Kristeva suggests that human beings are formed by their need to believe, beginning with our first attempts at speech and following through to our adolescent search for identity and meaning. Kristeva then applies her insight to contemporary religious clashes and the plight of immigrant populations, especially those of Islamic origin. Even if we no longer have faith in God, Kristeva argues, we must believe in human destiny and creative possibility. Reclaiming Christianity's openness to self-questioning and the search for knowledge, Kristeva urges a "new kind of politics," one that restores the integrity of the human community.
More Details
ISBN:
9780231147842
0978231147842
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 27e892bb-d31b-f2dd-8f17-aaab39920574
full_title this incredible need to believe
author kristeva julia
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-09-22 04:59:36AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Kristeva, Julia, 1941-
author_display Kristeva, Julia
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 27e892bb-d31b-f2dd-8f17-aaab39920574
isbn 0978231147842, 9780231147842
item_details ils:.b13256002|.i14296329|Central Adult Nonfiction|200 KRIST|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Sep 21, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 200 KRIST
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780231147842
publishDate 2009
record_details ils:.b13256002|Book|Books||English|Columbia University Press,|2009.|xvi, 115 p. ; 21 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13256002|.i14296329|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Belief and doubt, Christianity -- Psychology, Psychoanalysis and religion
title_display This incredible need to believe
title_full This incredible need to believe / Julia Kristeva ; translated by Beverley Bie Brahic
title_short This incredible need to believe