Haunted Words, Haunted Selves
Listening to Otherness within Western Thought
Imprint: Cascade Books
Colby Dickinson is professor of theology at Loyola University, Chicago. He is the author of Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer Series: A Critical Introduction and Guide, Theological Poverty in Continental Philosophy: After Christian Theology, and The Fetish of Theology: The Challenge of the Fetish-Object to Modernity.
"What would it mean to welcome that which haunts European theology, continental philosophy, and those of us who find meaning in these traditions? How would welcoming excluded realities and ideas unsettle stabilized identities and norms? Wrestling with hauntings of the understandings of the self and world he continues to find meaningful, Colby Dickinson offers an honest and challenging political-theological reflection. This timely book makes a significant contribution to political theology and continental philosophy for both students and scholars."
--Joseph Drexler-Dreis, associate professor of theology, Xavier University of Louisiana
"This is a book that I have been waiting for Colby Dickinson to publish: a comprehensive, accessible overview of his philosophy and theology. Whether you are new to his work or have been following the development of Dickinson's thought throughout the years, this poignant, expressive, and deeply sincere book delivers on all fronts."
--Justin Sands, research fellow, University of the Free State
"This book is wonderful. Colby Dickinson faces continental philosophical and theological traditions that formed him, but that also haunt him. Allied to thinkers that promote a turn regarding that tradition, an overture to interpretative forms of minorities and those from the Global South is unveiled. By contrasting hetero-biography to autobiography, he finds vigor to disempower sovereignty in its excluding structure. Refined literarily and conceptually, this work is very welcomed and necessary in times of extremism."
--Glauco Barsalini, professor of religious studies, Pontifical Catholic University of
"Erudite as ever, this newest of Colby Dickinson's books takes a self-reflexive turn. Situated autobiographically, it wrestles to account for what has so far remained unrecounted in his writing in the wake of continental philosophy. Tracing unsettling emergencies of those repressed others that haunt philosophical, ecclesial, and cultural traditions, it seeks to reckon with the formative impact of the marginalized on collective and individual identity and contributes to the search for ways of knowing that resist the totalitarian force of empire."
--Judith Gruber, research professor of systematic theology, KU Leuven
"Simply brilliant. Colby Dickinson's Haunted Words, Haunted Selves is an intellectually stimulating, autobiographical, well-researched, yet extremely readable contribution to the contemporary philosophical debate. This book solidifies Dickinson's position as an important voice in the realm of continental philosophy."
--Martin Koci, assistant professor of fundamental theology and dogmatic theology, KU Linz