This Incredible Need to Believe
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This Incredible Need to Believe

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This work skillfully upends our deeply entrenched ideas about religion, belief, and the thought of a renowned psychoanalyst and critic.
Hardcover, 115 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Columbia University Press (first published August 30th 2007)
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So, I think I have waited too long to encounter Kristeva; this is the first of her writings I've ever read, and I found it provocative, even moving.

The bulk of this (brief) book is an extensive interview with Carmine Donzelli that starts with the question, "Can one speak of the 'need to believe' from a secular point of view?," then ranges across topics including mysticism, adolescent suffering, the clash of fundamentalist faiths, missteps of secularism, feminine genius and others, within an over...more
Al Bità
This small book consists of an introductory letter, two interviews, a lecture and two newspaper articles. For the ordinary lay person it is virtually unreadable, full as it is of self-reflective, multiple-associations, qualified by numerous adjectives, and almost narcissistic cross-referencing: the sort of stuff one tends to find in postmodernist/poststructuralist writing. One feels one is digging through mounds of word-rubble in a vain effort to find some kind of solid structure within or under...more
Several people asked me about this book as I was reading it and being Catholic, assumed it was about why there are reasons for religious faith. Even the description on the outer/inner jacket suggest something like that. I think Kristeva gave the best summary of where she's coming from when she speaks of "prereligious belief." She's curious to understand the psychic space that exists before we start forming these identities of religion, politics, etc.
When people ask me "What do you believe?" I want to ask "What is belief?" Nobody seems to know. This is one of the few books I've found that gets near asking that question, and it is a humdinger.
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Julia Kristeva is a French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher. She researches on psychoanalysis of the Lacanian tradition, and has interest in semiotics. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.
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