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Edith Wyschogrod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226061.001.0001

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The Semantic Spaces of Terror

The Semantic Spaces of Terror

A Theological Response

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(p.207) 13 The Semantic Spaces of Terror
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Crossover Queries
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Edith Wyschogrod

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0014

It would seem that terror and violence stand together, inhabiting the same semantic space. This chapter successively undertakes readings of Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Dominique Janicaud, and software developers, the proponents of so-called agile thought. Each will be seen as a critic who both undermines and supports specific positions of the preceding thinker. Thus, the chapter's interest is in creating a conversation, a semantic space in which both convergence and dissension constitute an ever-expanding, provocative discourse of terror. It considers whether the difficulty in finding and identifying the terrorist and in assessing the extent of the danger she or he poses points to a radically new mode of violence; how war and the violence intrinsic to existing political, social, and economic relations differ from the violence of terror; and the role played by the beliefs and practices of the world's religions in configuring this space.

Keywords:   terror, violence, semantic space, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Dominique Janicaud, software developers, agile thought

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