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    Revolution in the Event: The Problem of Kairós.Roland Boer - 2013 - Theory, Culture and Society 30 (2):116-134.
    This article undertakes a dual task. The first is to argue that the various positions of major Marxist thinkers on revolution may be gathered under the common framework of kairós, understood as a resolutely temporal term relating to the critical time, the opportune moment that appears unexpectedly and must be seized. The second task is to question the nature of kairós in terms of its biblical, class and economic residues. An investigation of the use of the term in classical Greece (...)
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    God in the World: Lenin, Hegel, and the God‐Builders.Roland Boer - 2019 - Heythrop Journal 60 (3):347-361.
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    Theology and the Event: The Ambivalence of Alain Badiou.Roland Boer - 2011 - Heythrop Journal 52 (2):234-249.
    A tension runs through the lucidly militant work of Alain Badiou. It takes various shapes, such as the tension between the rigorous ontology of mathematics and the structures of narrative, or between fiction and argument, image and formula, poem and matheme, or Anglo-American analytic rationalism and continental lyricism. However, the shape of that tension that interests me most is between the triumphant banishing of theology via mathematics and its perpetual recurrence in his thought. For all Badiou’s efforts to dismiss theology (...)
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    Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology, II.Roland Boer - 2009 - Brill.
    The book follows on the heels of the acclaimed Criticism of Heaven, being the second volume of a five volume series called Criticism of Heaven and Earth.
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    Interpreting Socialism and Capitalism in China: A Dialectic of Utopia and Dystopia.Roland Boer & Zhixiong Li - 2015 - Utopian Studies 26 (2):309-323.
    The complex intersections between socialism and capitalism in China have vexed more than one interpreter. For some, socialism in China since Mao has simply become an empty veneer over rampant and unbridled capitalism.1 For others, the capitalism in China is of such a different variety that it is hardly capitalism at all.2 And for others, “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is a prolonged experiment in the New Economic Program, first attempted in the USSR of the 1920s to rebuild a shattered economy.3 (...)
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    The Search for Redemption: Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Žižek on Marx, Psychoanalysis and Religion.Roland Boer - 2007 - Filozofija I Društvo 18 (1):153-176.
    Slavoj Žižek and Julia Kristeva have followed strikingly similar paths in their intellectual and political development, moving from Marxism through psychoanalysis to Christianity. This article traces the way they have distanced themselves from Marxism and taken up psychoanalysis, of either the Freudian or Lacanian variety. For Kristeva, psychoanalysis provides the therapeutic solution to individual and at times social problems, whereas for Žižek it is the best description of those problems without necessarily providing answers. However, through psychoanalysis, they have gone a (...)
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    The Perpetual Allure of the Bible for Marxism.Roland Boer - 2007 - Historical Materialism 15 (4):53-77.
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    The Immeasurably Creative Politics of Job: Antonio Negri and the Bible.Roland Boer - 2012 - Substance 41 (3):93-108.
    What a sublime and, at the same time, sordid vocation this theological discipline has. My major concern is an unfamiliar Antonio Negri, one who engages in some biblical criticism in his recently translated The Labor of Job (2009), a detailed philosophical exegesis of the “marvelous” biblical book of Job.1 Two features of Negri’s analysis stand out: the oppositions of kairós and ákairos, and measure and immeasure. However, before I explore those oppositions in some detail, two preliminary comments are needed. At (...)
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    EP Thompson and the Psychic Terror of Methodism.Roland Boer - 2012 - Thesis Eleven 110 (1):54-67.
    Edward P Thompson’s disapproval of Methodism (which was his own background) is well known, especially in The Making of the English Working Class. There he describes it as religious terrorism with a destructive moral machinery and all too reactionary. However, through a close reading of the sections on Methodism, this article reveals an ambivalence within Thompson’s own text. Again and again, he notes in passing that radicals emerged from the Methodist ranks, so much so that the Methodist Conference worked hard (...)
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    God in the World: Lenin, Hegel, and the God‐Builders.Roland Boer - 2017 - Heythrop Journal 58 (2).
    This article reassesses a rarely noted aspect of the Russian Revolution: the long interaction between Lenin and Anatoly Lunacharsky, the ‘God-builder’. It traces the way Lunacharsky first outlined the God-building position in his Religion and Socialism, a text virtually lost to scholarship and interpretations of the Russian revolution. It explores Lenin's initial condemnation, for political but above all theoretical reasons, only to find him reassessing his whole argument six years later in light of his re-engagement with Hegel in 1914. Seeing (...)
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    Marxism, Religion and the Taiping Revolution.Roland Boer - 2016 - Historical Materialism 24 (2):3-24.
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    God in the World: Lenin, Hegel, and the God‐Builders.Roland Boer - 2016 - Heythrop Journal 57 (6).
    This article reassesses a rarely noted aspect of the Russian Revolution: the long interaction between Lenin and Anatoly Lunacharsky, the ‘God-builder’. It traces the way Lunacharsky first outlined the God-building position in his Religion and Socialism, a text virtually lost to scholarship and interpretations of the Russian revolution. It explores Lenin's initial condemnation, for political but above all theoretical reasons, only to find him reassessing his whole argument six years later in light of his re-engagement with Hegel in 1914. Seeing (...)
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    The Resurrection Engine of Michel De Certeau.Roland Boer - 1999 - Paragraph 22 (2):199-212.
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    On Fables and Truths.Roland Boer - 2006 - Angelaki 11 (2):107 – 116.
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    A Titanic Phenomenon: Marxism, History and Biblical Society.Roland Boer - 2008 - Historical Materialism 16 (4):141-166.
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    Between Old and New: On Socialism and Revolutionary Religion.Roland Boer - 2016 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 10 (2).
    Within Marxist debates, tensions continue to exist between modern socialism and the revolutionary religious tradition. I propose to analyse this question by focusing comparing the European situation, with its long history of “forerunners of socialism,” and China, especially the Taiping Revolution of the nineteenth century. While Europe presents the relation between modern socialism and revolutionary religion in relatively well-known terms, the Chinese situation generates greater complexity in what may be called a dialectic of old and new. In order to see (...)
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  17. Clayton Crockett, Radical Political Theology.Roland Boer - 2011 - Radical Philosophy 170:51.
     
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    Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels, and Theology.Roland Boer - 2012 - Brill.
    Drawing on mostly ignored texts, this book thoroughly reassesses Marx and Engels's engagement with theology.
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  19. Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Cornell West, The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere.Roland Boer - 2011 - Radical Philosophy 170:51.
     
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