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New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism

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New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism

Barry Cooper, New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism
University of Missouri Press | ISBN 0826216218 | PDF | 2005 | 242 pages | 1,12 MB

In New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism, Barry Cooper applies the insights of Eric Voegelin to the phenomenon of modern terrorism. Cooper points out that the chief omission from most contemporary studies of terrorism is an analysis of the "spiritual motivation" that is central to the actions of terrorists today. When spiritual elements are discussed in conventional literature, they are grouped under the opaque term religion. A more conceptually adequate approach is provided by Voegelin's political science and, in particular, by his Shellingian term pneumopathology-a disease of the spirit.