Ruth O'Brien

Professor, Editor, Author – Out of Many, One: Obama & the 3rd American Political Tradition – (content reflects my academic freedom & personal freedom of thought)

Heretical Thought OUP Books Short Mission Statement

Heretical Thought Short Mission*

Thought is heretical when it threatens our idea of universality, or our notion of the self or selves. Such threats can occur in the face of advances in science, human science, governance, or media.  Regardless of purpose or intent, heretical ideas shape and determine our bodies and our consciousness and/or the ways we communicate about them.  They also embody seismic or significant breaks in sclerotic contemporary political thought.

This series is shaped by the notion that contemporary political thought that advances significant or seismic ideas, independent of purpose or intent, and also threatens our ideas of universality, is heretical. Books in the series expose contemporary ruptures in thought, or a break in a school of thought.  In doing so they will make visible, or apparent, threats that are observable, empirical, biological, chemical, or physical in the universe — suggesting not only how such threats can compel new ways of thinking, but also how they can lead to productive political action.

*Soon to appear on OUP, USA site (draft May 19 2017 – OUP, USA editor and I)TinyJoanofArc
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