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Redemptive Hope: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Obama

Akiba J. Lerner


This is a book about our need for redemptive narratives to ward off despair and the dangers these same narratives create by raising expectations that are seldom fulfilled. This book also explores the dialectical tension between the need and dangers of redemptive hope narratives by bringing together secular liberal democratic thought—as found within the work of late neo-pragmatic philosopher Richard Rorty—with religious liberal thinkers—such as Martin Buber and Ernst Bloch—for the purpose of exploring the contested intellectual history of redemptive hope narratives. This book begins by tracing ... More

Keywords: democracy, Enlightenment, liberalism, messianism, phenomenology, postmetaphysical, postmodernism, pragmatism, religion, utopia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823267910
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Akiba J. Lerner, author
Santa Clara University