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    Nietzsche and the Divine.John Lippitt & Jim Urpeth - 2000 - Clinamen PressLtd.
    'Nietzsche and the Divine' is a provocative, international and interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars of Nietzsche and philosophers of religion. Famous for declaring the 'death of God', Nietzsche was nevertheless responsible throughout his writing for some of the most telling modern meditations on the nature of the religions of the world, on mysticism, and on the relation of humanity to the infinite. This collection deals with the full scope of his thought on this topic, encompassing Greek, Hebraic, Asian, Christian and mystic (...)
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  3. Nietzsche and the Rapture of Aesthetic Disinterestedness: A Response to Heidegger.Jim Urpeth - 2003 - In Nicholas Martin (ed.), Nietzsche and the German Tradition. Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 215-236.
    Taking Heidegger's prominent critique of Nietzsche's treatment of Kant's notion of 'aesthetic disinterestedness' as a foil this paper argues that, contrary to the dominant interpretation, Nietzsche's text contain a positive and radical notion of 'aesthetic disinterestedness'. It is argued that Nietzsche's naturalistic notion of aesthetic disinterestedness is a key feature of his conception of art as natural life process that contests the boundaries, values and libidinal constitution of the 'human'. The ramifications of this for Heidegger's reading of Nietzche's aesthetics are (...)
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    Nietzsche, Religion, Naturalism.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    This paper attempts to show how two seemingly conflictual aspects of Nietzsche's thought, its naturalism and religiosity, can be interpreted as the coherent expression of a religious form of naturalism. A wide range of texts across Nietzsche's corpus are considered and the perspective developed related to contemporary debates within the philosophy of religion. In particular, Nietzsche's thought is shown to provide rich resources for overcoming the 'reductionism/anti-reductionism' dilemma.
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    Towards a Religious Speculative Materialism: A Critique of Meillassoux's 'Virtual' God.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    This paper sketches a critical response to Meillassoux's articulation of a 'philosophical divine' in "Spectral Dilemma" and 'The Divine Inexistence'. Reference is also made to his critical discussion of the 'return of religion' in 'After Finitude'. Meillassoux's overlooking of the religious possibilities of an ontology of contingency is highlighted and his avowals of messianism, hope and justice interrogated. The issue of the place of 'religion' within 'speculative materialism' is raised in relation to the question of how to conceive a religion (...)
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    The Phenomenology of Religious Life: Nietzsche and Bergson.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    In this paper I identify and discuss some themes in the thought of Nietzsche and Bergson respectively as these bear upon the wider project to which the paper contributes – the articulation of a philosophical naturalism which offers a non-reductive account of the origin and nature of religion on the basis that the real is 'religious' in essence. Implicitly, an alternative is thereby proposed to the approaches and presuppositions of the 'theological turn' perspective within contemporary 'continental philosophy of religion'. [PROVIDED (...)
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    Immanence and the Sacred in Bataille's "On Nietzsche".Jim Urpeth - manuscript
    Charts the themes of 'immanence' and the 'sacred' in Bataille's "On Nietzsche" in order to articulate the distinctive features of Bataille's response to Nietzsche's thought and its place in the development of his conception of the sacred. The paper also identifies and develops some critical tensions between Bataille's and Nietzsche's thought.
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    Religious Immanence: A Critique of Meillassoux's “Virtual” God.Jim Urpeth - 2014 - Angelaki 19 (1):47-61.
    This paper offers a critical assessment of Meillassoux's attempt to articulate a “philosophical divine” based on, and consistent with, his radical ontology of contingency. The critical claim developed is that Meillassoux's conception of the divine is inconsistent with his wider commitment to immanence and that this is due to his uncritical endorsement of key evaluative and affective features of religions of the transcendent. This affinity is evident in his view that the phenomenon of “unjust death” generates a problem concerning the (...)
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    Renaturalisation and Revaluation: Nietzsche's 'Postmoralism' in 'On the Genealogy of Morality'.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    This paper argues that there are significant fault lines between key themes and critical perspectives within the "Genealogy" and that such tensions, and the effects they generate, have a significant bearing upon the nature and plausibility of a 'postmoral' culture as Nietzsche conceives it.
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    Religious Materialism: Bataille, Deleuze/Guattari and the Sacredness of Late Capital.Jim Urpeth - 2003 - In Philip Goodchild (ed.), Difference in Philosophy of Religion. Ashgate. pp. 171.
    This paper focuses on Bataille's elaboration of an 'economic' conception of the 'sacred' and considers the extent to which it is vulnerable to the charge of 'romantic anti-capitalism'. Aspects of the thought of Deleuze and Guattari on the nature of 'late capitalism' are evoked with a view to supporting the paper's hypothesis that a synthesis of Bataille's conception of the 'sacred' and Deleuze's and Guattari's insights into the nature of capital provides a powerful theoretical outlook at once enticing and disturbing (...)
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    Bergson and Nietzsche on Religion : Critique, Immanence, and Affirmation.Keith Ansell-Pearson & Jim Urpeth - 2012 - In Alexandre Lefebvre & Melanie Allison White (eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Duke University Press.
    This co-authored chapter offers a reconstruction of Bergson's conception of the relationship between the political and religion focusing on "The Two Sources of Morality and Religion". Bergson's claims and arguments are related to those of Nietzsche with a focus on the themes of critique, immanence and affirmation.
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    A 'Pessimism of Strength': Nietzsche and the Tragic Sublime.Jim Urpeth - 1998 - In .
    In relation to the overall theme of the collection in which this paper appears, namely, Nietzsche and the 'future of the human' I offer a reading of Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy" to argue for the key role of art in relation to Nietzsche's project of 'overcoming the human'. It is argued that Nietzsche credits the pre-Socratic Greeks, and in particular their tragic dramas, with achieving a 'transvaluation' of the optimism/pessimism distinction and thereby promoting an overcoming of the man/nature distinction. (...)
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    'Health' and 'Sickness' in Religious Affectivity: Nietzsche, Otto, Bataille.Jim Urpeth - 2000 - In .
    This paper discusses the accounts given of the nature of religious affectivity by Nietzsche, Otto and Bataille and pursues their shared claim as to the primacy of the affective dimension of religion over its conceptual, doctrinal and moral elements and to the development of a religious critique of Christianity. The first section clarifies the nature of Nietzsche’s religiosity and reconstructs his critique of Christianity from this perspective. In subsequent sections Nietzsche’s critique of Christianity is compared to both Otto’s critical defence (...)
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    Nature and Art: Towards a 'Transhuman' Aesthetics.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    At the centre of Kant’s “Critique of Aesthetic Judgment” lies a tantalising relation, the reciprocal semblance between nature and art, upon which the entire text pivots. With this thought, Kant suggests a critically licensed blurring of some of the defining presuppositions of critical philosophy and reconfigures the ancient problematic of mimesis. This paper will offer a sketch of how some of Kant’s key successors attempt to extend his project of ‘transcendental critique’ in the field of aesthetics by exposing and challenging (...)
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    The Immanent Sublime.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    The claim advanced in this paper is that the radicalisation of Kant’s project of the critique of metaphysics can be said to culminate in the fusion of two, traditionally opposed, terms - immanence and sublimity. Starting with a discussion of Kant's 'Analytic of the Sublime', the paper pursues its main claim through the reading of key texts in the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Deleuze/Guattari. It attempts to clarify the dfferent senses of the'immanent sublime' it suggests is found in the (...)
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    Being and Animal Life: The Limits of Heidegger's Anti-Humanism.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    A critical evaluation of Heidegger's conception of natural life based on a review of recent work on the topic.
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    'Questioning Religion.' British Society for Phenomenology, Summer Conference.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    The British Society for Phenomenology, Summer Conference, held at the University of Greenwich, 11th - 13th July 2003. The conference aimed to engender a critical dialogue between the two major critical perspectives within contemporary philosophy of religion and religious studies in the European tradition - phenomenology and naturalism. For further information see the information on Jim Urpeth's research activity on GALA.
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    Religious Immanence: A Critique of Meillassoux's “Virtual” God.Jim Urpeth - 2014 - Angelaki 19 (1):47-61.
    This paper offers a critical assessment of Meillassoux's attempt to articulate a “philosophical divine” based on, and consistent with, his radical ontology of contingency. The critical claim developed is that Meillassoux's conception of the divine is inconsistent with his wider commitment to immanence and that this is due to his uncritical endorsement of key evaluative and affective features of religions of the transcendent. This affinity is evident in his view that the phenomenon of “unjust death” generates a problem concerning the (...)
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    Nietzsche, Otto and Religious Feeling.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    On the assumption that religion is essentially an affective phenomenon this paper constructs an encounter between two of the most significant, seemingly diametrically opposed, critical accounts of the nature of religious feeling - those developed by Nietzsche and Otto respectively. After an exposition of these thinkers conceptions of religious feeling the paper attempts a critical evaluation of them focusing on the themes of immanence, naturalism and the linguistic and logical issues involved in the attempt to present or exhibit the 'numinous'. (...)
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    Divine Life: The Renaturalisation of Religion.Jim Urpeth - unknown
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    Bataille and French Religious Atheism.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    A critical exposition of Bataille's notion of the 'sacred' across all of his key texts. Bataille's thought is related to, and interpreted in terms of, the project of 'critique' and interrogated from the perspective of the experience of contemporary capital. The resources Bataille provides for configuring the relation between religion and capitalism are also considered. As a whole the paper provides an introduction and overview of Bataille's thought and underlines its on-going contemporary significance.
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    Images of Life and Being.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    This paper argues that, beginning with its seminal role in Kant's thought, that an increasingly radical - and ontological - notion of the imagination can be discerned in the thought of Nietzsche and Heidegger who thereby undertake a radicalisation of this key aspect of Kant's aesthetics. A wide range of texts and themes is explored from across the work of Kant, Nietzsche and Heideggger and a relation of mutual radicalisation between them is proposed.
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    Editorial: Phenomenology and Religion.Jim Urpeth - 2006 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 37 (1):2-4.
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    Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy, by Michael Hardt [Book Review].Jim Urpeth - 1996 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 27 (2):205-207.
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    Heidegger and Being and Time, by S. Mulhall.Jim Urpeth - 1998 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 29 (3):327-329.
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    A 'Sacred Thrill': Presentation and Affectivity in the 'Analytic of the Sublime'.Jim Urpeth - 2000 - In .
    This paper offers a critique of what it terms the ‘Heideggerian-deconstructive’ reading of Kant’s “Analytic of the Sublime” and develops an alternative ‘genealogical’ interpretation of it. It is argued that the ‘Heideggerian-deconstructive’ reading of Kant’s text emphasises the ‘question of presentation’. By contrast, the concerns of the ‘genealogical’ interpretation of Kant’s sublime are affective and ‘libidinal’ in character. The underlying issue concerns the prioritisation of the orders of presentation and affectivity respectively and the balance between them in Kant’s text. The (...)
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    Reviving "Natural Religion": Nietzsche and Bergson on Religious Life.Jim Urpeth - 2011 - In .
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    The Spiritual Identity of Material Life.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    I shall attempt to identify some of the main features of ‘religious materialism’, as I understand it, and indicate some of the thinkers and themes within modern European thought that I have drawn upon in my effort to formulate it thus far. The philosophical stance in question consists of an odd amalgam of thinkers and ‘Schools’ within post-Kantian European philosophy that are often considered to be radically incommensurable – in broad terms, post-Husserlian phenomenology and post-Nietzschean philosophical naturalism.
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    Art and Matter After Kant.Jim Urpeth - unknown
    This paper offers a critical exposition of the role of matter and the material aspects of aesthetic experience and works of art in Kant's 'Critique of Judgment'. It proceeds to discuss the role of 'earth' in Heidegger's discussion of the nature of the work of art and materialist themes in some of Deleuze and Guattari's texts on art. The extent to which the problems surrounding Kant's treatment of the material dimension of aesthetic experience and art are addressed and overcome in (...)
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