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Fire Backstage

Philip Rieff and the Monastery of Culture


Christopher Cain Elliott

At present, the name and writings of Philip Rieff (1922-2006) hang under a sign of neglect. This book is an attempt to identify precisely what has been lost through this lack of critical attention, arguing that Rieff’s lifework marks a singular contribution to the fields of reactionary apocalyptics and social and cultural studies. Providing a working definition for the horizon of contemporary Jewish philosophy, this book also suggests how Rieff uniquely contributes to this field of speculative inquiry with an insufficiently appreciated, but essential, theory of psycho-theology


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Abreviations of Works by Philip Rieff


C Charisma. (New York: Vintage Books, 2008). FI The Feeling Intellect: Selected Writings. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990). FM Freud: The Mind of the Moralist. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979). FT Fellow Teachers / Of Culture and Its Second Death. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985). SO 1 Sacred Order / Social Order, vol. 1. (Charlottesville: University of Vir- ginia Press, 2006). SO 2 Sacred Order / Social Order, vol. 2. (Charlottesville: University of Vir- ginia Press, 2007). SO 3 Sacred Order / Social Order, vol. 3. (Charlottesville: University of Vir- ginia Press, 2008). TT The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud. (Wilming- ton: ISI Books, 2006).

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