Review – The Evolution of the Religious Factor in Fantasy Role-Playing Games (Jeffrey Scholes)

Laycock, Joseph P.  Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2015.  ISBN-10: 0520284925.  Hardback, paperback, e-book.  368 pp. Anyone growing up in the 1980s or any parent of adolescents during this decade knows more about the game Dungeons and Dragons […]

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Review – Badiou’s Conversations About Theatre Offer Light-Hearted And Quirky Insight Into Mind Of Philosopher (Ryne Beddard)

Badiou, Alain (with Nicolas Truong).  In Praise of Theatre.  New York: Polity, 2015.  ISBN 10: 978-0-7456-8697-4.   Hardback, paperback, e-book.  90 pages. In Praise of Theatre is the result of a public conversation which took place between Alain Badiou and Nicolas Truong at the Festival d’Avignon in the summer of 2012 as a part of the […]


Review – Donovan Schaefer’s Call For a Materialist Turn In Religious Theory (Jonathan Russell)

Schaefer, Donovan O.  Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power.  Durham NC:  Duke University Press, 2015.  ISBN 10: 978-0-8223-5982-1, 10: 978-0-8223-5990-6.  Hardback, paperback, e-book.  304 pages. Donovan O. Schaefer’s Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power is at once a whirlwind introduction to the relevance the fields affect theory, critical animal studies, and evolutionary biology have for […]

Philosophy Reviews

Review – Badiou and Gauchet on Capitalism and Democracy

Badiou, Alain and Gauchet, Marcel.   What Is To Be Done?: A Dialogue on Communism, Capitalism, and the Future of Democracy. Translated by Susan Spitzer.  Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2016.  ISBN: 1509501703.  Hardback, paperback, e-book, 168 pages. Alain Badiou and Marcel Gauchet’s transcripted dialogue, What Is To Be Done?, could not have come at a more […]


Review – Carl Raschke’s Force of God Hammers Out A Political Theology Of Insurrection/Resurrection For Our Times

Raschke, Carl.   Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.  ISBN-978-0231-17384-1.  Hardback, e-book.  202 pages. Carl Raschke’s Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy is a provocative book, and it is likely to make some readers uncomfortable. Raschke is himself aware […]


Review – Jean-Pierre Couture Brings To Life The Ongoing Oeuvre of Peter Sloterdijk

Couture, Jean-Pierre. Sloterdijk (Key Contemporary Thinkers). Boston: Polity, 2015. 208 pages. ISBN-10: 0745663818.  Hardback, paperback, e-book, 208 pages. Jean-Pierre Couture’s Sloterdijk is the first comprehensive introduction to the thought of contemporary German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk in English. Given the proliferation of English translations of Sloterdijk’s work in the last several years, and the wide-ranging, often […]

Reviews World Religions

Renegade Hinduism Scholar Featured In Norton’s Anthology of World Religions

The just-released, multi-volume Norton Anthology of World Religions is a major project of substance undertaken by a group of world-renowned scholars in comparative religions.   However, what makes it stand out is the contribution of Professor Kancha Ilaiah, who hails from an illiterate sudra shepherd family. In the four-level Hindu caste system the sudra are the […]


Review Essay – Peter Sloterdijk on Social Bonds, Freedom, and Religion

Peter Sloterdijk, In the Shadow of Mount Sinai: A Footnote on the Origins and Changing Forms of Total Membership, Cambridge and Maiden MA: Polity Press, 2015.  ISBN 10: 9780745699240.  Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, 80 pages. Peter Sloterdijk, Stress and Freedom, Cambridge and Maiden MA: Polity Press, 2015. ISBN 10:9780745699295.  Paperback, 80pp.   The English reception of Peter […]