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Ma and faith He argues that without morality the gift of grace becomes indistinguishable from the gift of evil and it devolves into a license to destroy and kill in the name of faith or ideology Offering brilliant interpretations of Kierkegaard Weber Kafka Nietzsche and Freud Rieff shows how certain thinkers attacked the very possibility of faith and genuine charisma and helped prepare the way for the emergence of a therapeutic culture in which it is impossible to recognize that which is sacred Rieff’s analysis of charisma is an analysis of the deepest level of crisis in our cultu. The prose could be uite sense at times but the force of the message important as ever for our time still came through We need clarity not less and there was plenty here The Accidental Activist of grace becomes indistinguishable from the gift Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions of evil and it devolves into a license to destroy and kill in the name Brenda has a dragon in her blood of faith Divan Of Rudaki or ideology Offering brilliant interpretations Choice Stories for Children of Kierkegaard Weber Kafka Nietzsche and Freud Rieff shows how certain thinkers attacked the very possibility Öbür Divan of faith and genuine charisma and helped prepare the way for the emergence Summary of Homo Deus of a therapeutic culture in which it is impossible to recognize that which is sacred Rieff’s analysis Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes of charisma is an analysis The Teams Milking Cow of the deepest level Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) our cultu. The prose could be uite sense at times but the force Zenith of the message important as ever for A Pale Light in the Black our time still came through We need clarity not less and there was plenty here

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Charisma has come to be understood today as a special gift or talent that celebrities–artistic performers athletes movie stars or political leaders–possess a uality that makes their lives exemplary and transforms them into objects of universal appeal or attractionIn Charisma Philip Rieff explores the emergence and evolution of this mysterious and compelling concept within Judeo Christian culture Its first expression was in the idea of the covenant between God and the Israelites Charisma–religious grace and authority–was transferred through divine inspiration to the Old Testa. This is one of the most bizarre books that I ve read in a long time and not only because it earnestly defends a point of view that can in many respects be called pre modern but because it does so in such a sophisticated way Philip Rieff may be best known today for being the husband of Susan Sontag during the 1950s and fathering David Rieff who in turn became an established writer in his own right He taught sociology at the University of Chicago where he met and married Sontag after a very short courtship and the University of Pennsylvania He sustained a career long attack on what he calls in this book and others therapeutic culture which he expounded upon in earlier books including Freud The Mind of the Moralist and The Triumph of the Therapeutic This book wasn t written by Rieff He knew out of the cultural mainstream his ideas were and even admitted that this kind of book wouldn t have a constituency Two of his sociology students Aaron Manson and Daniel Frank cobbled together some of the notes that Rieff made and this book is the resultAnother peculiar thing about this book is that despite its cover and accessible introduction it is essentially a book length response to the sociology of Max Weber and essentially his writing on the concept of charisma to which contributions were influential Rieff thinks that culture is thoroughly interdictory that is that it is built around negative demands made on the people of that culture Think for example of the Decalogue with its liberal use of Thou Shall Nots In fact life under Mosaic law is one of the examples that he discusses in particular detail He calls cultures that recognize a common set of interdictory themes as creedal cultures In fact a culture s creed is what makes it a culture in the first place without a creed there can be no culture While Rieff never pinpoints a time in history we as cultural animals I assume he s talking about Western European culture specifically here began to uestion and eschew this interdictory motif He largely blames this on the writings of Weber but not only him he also has some pretty harsh things to say about Kierkegaard and of course his favorite hobby horse Freud One of the biggest signs of an anti credal cultural not really a culture at all is the changing nature of charisma Charisma Rieff claims used to refer to the power of moral transformative moral authority Moses and Jesus are two preeminent examples Now when we hear the word charisma we think of someone who has merely personal panache and appeal The moral aspect of the word has been subtracted from its contemporary use And again this is all Max Weber s fault None of this seems especially controversial Every culture even liberal ones a word as I show below that Rieff bandies with never a dearth of disdain have interdicts and prohibitions Is there anyone that deny that our culture is not based on at least some interdictory forms Don t murder don t commit incest don t be a traitor to your country et cetera et cetera But Rieff manages to say some pretty reactionary and even anti intellectual things in the course of the book Perhaps they might not seem too reactionary considering what he thinks about the basis of culture but I ll let the reader judge These are some of the passages that I highlighted from the first forty pages of the book The modern guru the charismatic in the modern sense represents the ephemeral the fugitive the contingent It is in this sense that he is an exemplar someone to follow p 4 Weber is himself the culminating expression I think of the Protestant pathos which turns into evolutionism and progressivism with its mystiue of breaks with the established order as its highest expression of the intellect and of soul This Protestant pathos this mystiue with breaks of the established order is less than a revolution and than a reform It is that relentless lusting after progressive social change that characterizes the liberal era and leads straight into the Marxist pathos with its generalized species man who turns into an apparatchik and party functionary p 7 It is the rejection of rejection by transgressive movements of the entire notion of dangerous situations that has become the special object of fear and hatred in modern society The liberal defense of these transgressions must itself bring liberalism itself crashing down for in that defense the liberals are defending the destruction of avoidance mechanisms which are necessary to the practice of liberalism itself p 12 Egyptian culture was the fixing of all possibility including death in certain forms This is an entire society aspiring to be exactly as it is in love with itself p 17 The moderns of Israel especially the literary moderns have accepted the terrible idea that they themselves can become as gods to other persons especially in the sexual encounter Thus in the modern novel there is a vengeful destruction of all limits on the sexual relation its utter transformation into a coming struggle for power between one person and another p 18 For then men no longer grasp their own limits they become destroyers and worship only under the principle of power which can only be fulfilled by breaking up ritualization as defensive similitudes of power in the struggle against power The cool analytical rejection of ritual as uncivilized and irrational is one with the hot romantic yearning to bring down the roof of civilization The rationalist rejection of ritual is one element in the large compound of anti culture The other element is the deritualizing of intimate relations the dissolution of all manners and reticence so that men leap upon one another to achieve their own persons in the submission unto death of another p 19 Science needs its own Sabbatarian movement an insistence upon what it is not to do a time and sphere of constraint The insoluble social condition of the scientists is that they are uncovenanted without an interdictory form p 25 The case histories for perversion that pass for modern literature and theater by failing to transform private into public are not art but transgressive assaults upon the public mounted in public An anti credal play could be a man opening his fly and inviting an audience to do the same In such an artistic condition there can be no disobediences No act needs justification because it means nothing whatever like a Pinter play p 37If any of these uotes appeal to you intellectually then you ll probably enjoy and agree with Rieff s thesis assuming that you re willing to navigate his prose which too often consists of elliptical bloviating For committed liberals and Rieff is so anti liberal that this has nothing to do with the modern political usage of the word but would include almost anyone who thought there was anything redeeming about the Enlightenment his thesis is drawn in such overarching bombastic language as can be seen from the uotes that your Weltanschauung will probably not be radically changed but I found mustering the counterarguments to be fun and stimulating In many ways this book reads like it was written a century ago I find it odd that people can still believe such things But I m glad I read this

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Ment prophets; it was embodied by Jesus of Nazareth the first true charismatic hero Rieff shows how St Paul transformed charisma into a form of social organization how it was reworked by Martin Luther and by nineteenth century Protestant theologians and finally how Max Weber redefined charisma as a secular political concept By emptying charisma of its religious meaning Weber opened the door to the modern perception of it as little than a form of celebrity stripped of moral considerationsRieff rejects Weber’s definition insisting that Weber misunderstood the relation between charis. Calls out the spray on charisma applied by celebrities and political hacks in our world

  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Charisma The Gift of Grace and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us
  • Philip Rieff
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 9780375424526

5 thoughts on “Charisma The Gift of Grace and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us

  1. says:

    This is one of the most bizarre books that I’ve read in a long time and not only because it earnestly defends a point of view that can in many respects be called pre modern but because it does so in such a sophisticated

  2. says:

    Calls out the spray on charisma applied by celebrities and political hacks in our world

  3. says:

    The prose could be uite sense at times but the force of the message important as ever for our time still came through We need clarity not les

  4. says:

    Slow read but informative It is a topic that has interested me for sometime now

  5. says:

    just started

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