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This incredible need to believe / Julia Kristeva ; translated by Beverley Bie Brahic.

Author/creator Kristeva, Julia, 1941-
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoNew York : Columbia University Press, ©2009.
Descriptionxvi, 115 pages ; 22 cm.
Supplemental Content Table of contents
Uniform titleBisogno di credere. English
Series European perspectives
European perspectives. ^A226071
Contents The big question mark (in guise of a preface) -- This incredible need to believe : interview with Carmine Donzelli -- From Jesus to Mozart : Christianity's difference -- "Suffering" : Lenten lectures, March 19, 2006 -- The genius of Catholicism -- Don't be afraid of European culture.
Abstract ""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 deeply entrenched ideas about religion, belief, and the thought and work of a renowned psychoanalyst and critic. Through a clever patchwork of dialogue, lectures, and excerpts of essays, Kristeva analyzes 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 prominent individuals, Kristeva investigates the human desire for God and the shadowy zone in which belief resides. She 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 quest for knowledge, Kristeva urges a "new kind of politics," one that will restore the integrity of the human community."--Jacket.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formIssued also in e-book format 9780231519953 0231519958
LCCN 2009012520
ISBN9780231147842 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN0231147848 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN9780231519953 (e-book)
ISBN0231519958 (e-book)

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