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    Peace studies has, from its inception, always felt the need to overcome skepticism as to its academic credibility and convince doubters that it is entitled to as much respect as other forms of inquiry into social, economic, and political issues. It has mostly pursued this goal of disciplinary credibility by relying on methodologies developed in such social science settings as political science, law, sociology, and economics. This priority has inclined the dominant approach taken to peace and …

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    More than forty years ago, Robert Johansen (1980) articulated a humanist approach to international relations. He called on scholars and practitioners to pay attention to ethics, arguing that peace, economic well-being, and social and environmental justice must take center stage in global politics. In the spirit of Johansen’s humanist approach, this essay illuminates the role of law in building people’s commitment to peace and values. My reflections draw from research I have conducted in place…

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    Interreligious peacebuilding that leans heavily into the relational model of mutual inquiry and experiential learning reminds us that religious peacebuilding requires self-critical, internal work. This essay extends that reminder into two arguments about religious peacebuilding. First, peacebuilding that is religious not only explores texts, traditions, communities, identities, and practices, but it also examines the interpreting framework of the actor. When peacebuilding prompts that level o…

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    The literature on strategic peacebuilding emphasizes the comprehensive and multidimensional elements) — ie, the full tools and capacities of the outside world (governments, NGOs, international organizations) — that must be brought together to tackle problems of violence and war. The question this paper asks is, given this vision of strategic peacebuilding, what type of international order (defined in terms of norms, institutions, relationships, capacities, etc.) is most supportive of this vis…

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    This collection of essays poses a series of questions revolving around nonsense, cacophony, queerness, race, and the dancing body. How can flamenco, as a diasporic complex of performance and communities of practice frictionally and critically bound to the complexities of Spanish history, illuminate theories of race and identity in performance? How can we posit, and argue for, genealogical relationships within and between genres across the vast expanses of the African—and Roma—diaspora? Neithe…

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    This collection provides the first in-depth introduction to the theory of the religious imagination put forward by renowned philosopher Douglas Hedley, from his earliest essays to his principal writings. Featuring Hedley’s inaugural lecture delivered at Cambridge University in 2018, the book sheds light on his robust concept of religious imagination as the chief power of the soul’s knowledge of the Divine and reveals its importance in contemporary metaphysics, ethics and politics.

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    The Christology of Aquinas is resolutely incarnational. Jesus, the incarnate Word, is true God, true human; and that Jesus is the Word, and God, and human, is, Aquinas insists, of decisive importance for human salvation. This chapter discusses the Christology of Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, with particular attention to the importance of the full, and distinctive, humanity of the Word incarnate. It deals with Aquinas’s view of the place of Jesus in God’s saving plan, and the principal sources o…

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    Fulke Greville has often been described as a Calvinist and even an ‘ultra-Calvinist’, but this pole of his work stands in tension with the neo-Stoical elements of his thought, in which nature is held out as an ideal against artificiality. This chapter reassesses Greville’s political and religious poetry in light of this tension to argue that Greville uses nature as a platform to critique sovereignty as a poetic artefact, which like the idol hides its artificiality in colours of divinity. Furt…

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    The 1950s saw the rise of a new generation of leftist, conservative, and Catholic students in Latin America that began calling for a unique form of hemispheric solidarity. Their efforts reflected concerns about momentous contemporary events that had a profound impact at their universities, like the anticolonial war in Algeria, the rise of military dictatorships in Guatemala, and the “iron fist” following the Hungarian insurrection. But these students also harkened back to the “arielista” lang…

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    If “rationalism” refers to the thesis that there is a right way to do whatever it is that we do—a way that we, with our reason, can discover—then Ludwig Wittgenstein is a critic of rationalism. For our words and deeds are justified only by the rules of particular language-games—but these language-games are themselves justified only insofar as they meet our needs; certainly none of them need be justified by reference to any of the others. Together, our language-games constitute our form of lif…

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    How might we bring together the study of religion and literature? How ought (or oughtn’t) we to conjoin these ways of making, finding, and thinking about meaning? For some, the simple fact that religion and literature intertwine in particular historical periods and cultures demands that they be studied in connection with each other. For others, literature provides an occasion for speculative religious thought, whereby literary texts are used to think about religious questions. Conversely,…

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    This essay addresses the issue of materiality in Christian artistic production and its resonance in Western literary scholarship, especially in the context of medieval and early modern Italy. The main examples are several large wooden crucifixes painted by Cimabue and Giotto. These are compared to each other, as well as to sculptural crucifixes, analyzing their material and stylistic makeup in terms suggested by Erich Auerbach’s view of naturalism and Christian literary style history. In the …

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