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Notions of Witnessing in Islamic Thought: Incompleteness and Intersubjectivity

Notions of Witnessing in Islamic Thought: Incompleteness and Intersubjectivity (Hardback)

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This is a compelling philosophical work on intersecting concerns around intersubjectivity and incompleteness, revealing a shared reliance upon notions of witnessing in Islamic thought and Continental philosophy. This book demonstrates the theoretical and practical potential of bringing Islamic thought into contemporary philosophical conversation, aiming to engage debates, build concepts, and develop themes that shed light on notions of witnessing. Aspects of witnessing relationships have emerged in various guises over the centuries in Muslim thought, perhaps, in part, because the prophet Muhammad is considered the "Perfect Witness", the one who could be trusted to present humanity to God. However, these rich conceptual resources remain largely unexplored in contemporary philosophy. This book explores Islamic innovations in the realm of witnessing to expose new understandings of subject formation and intersubjectivity, and highlight the implications of these for existential phenomenology, as well as global relationships. Such an engagement suggests images, contexts, and language to perceive, and to express, the emergence of witnessing in apparently irreconcilable contexts.

By approaching current understandings and mobilizations of witnessing in Western philosophy with Islamic conceptions at hand, Janet Borgerson generates a crucial sense of shared genealogies and related concerns. This series interrupts standardized discourses involving the Islamicate world by introducing creative and emerging ideas. The incisive works included in this series provide a counterpoint to the reigning canons of theory, theology, philosophy, literature, and criticism through investigations of vast experiential typologies - such as violence, mourning, vulnerability, tension, and humour - in light of contemporary Islamicate thought.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesNon-Western philosophyIslamic & Arabic philosophy Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 26/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9781441148148  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Janet Borgerson teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is Visiting Researcher at the University of Exeter, UK.

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