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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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Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of IdeasEdited by Andrzej Rychard


Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas Edited by Andrzej Rychard Vol. 1 Józef Niżnik: Twentieth Century Wars in European Memory. 2013. Vol. 2 Szymon Wróbel: Deferring the Self. 2013. Vol. 3 Cain Elliott: Fire Backstage. Philip Rieff and the Monastery of Culture. 2013.

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