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Return Statements

The Return of Religion in Contemporary Philosophy

Gregg Lambert

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Critically investigates the post-secular turn, definitions of 'religion' and our urgent need to escape the past

Gregg Lambert examines two facets of the return to religion in the 21st century: the resurgence of overtly religious themes in contemporary philosophy and the global ‘post-secular’ turn that has been taking place since 9/11. He asks how these two ‘returns to religion’ can be taking place simultaneously, and explores the relationship between them.

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Introduction: Return Statements

  1. Sapere aude?
  2. ‘What’s Love Got to do with it?’
  3. noli mi tangere!
  4. … ’tacitly, the caress, in a word, the Christian body’
  5. Philosophical Fundamentalism Today
  6. Living and Dying under the Double-Horizon of the Death of God
  7. The Unprecedented Return of St. Paul
  8. The Coming Community?

Conclusion: The Return Address – ‘Life itself’


About the Author

Gregg Lambert is Dean's Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, U.S.A. Co-editor of Deleuze Studies, he is author of The Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (Continuum, 2002), Who's Afraid of Deleuze and Guattari? (Continuum, 2006), In Search of a New Image of Thought: Gilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and, with Ian Buchanan, co-editor of Deleuze and Space (EUP, 2005).


Neither dismissively condescending nor unthinkingly reverent, Lambert's Return Statements is a stunning exploration of the return of religion in theory, philosophy and contemporary culture. The critical range of this book is remarkable; from Derrida to Zizek, Lambert provides a stylish and intelligent exploration of the various deployments of spirit for our 'post-secular' present.

- Claire Colebrook, Penn State University

Gregg Lambert offers us here a fascinating series of responses—at once philosophically astute, politically and historically well-informed, and often sharply satirical—to the so-called "post-secular turn" in contemporary continental thought and its renewed interest, whether for good or ill, in questions of religion, faith, community, love, and life.

- Michael Naas, DePaul University

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