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This front matter section of the book In the Vale of Tears contains the table of contents, and a preface. In the Vale of Tears brings to a culmination the project for a renewed and enlivened debate over the interaction between Marxism and religion. It simultaneously draws upon the rich insights of a significant number of Western Marxists and strikes out on its own. It argues for crucial role of political myth on the Left; explores the political ambivalence at the heart of Christianity; challenges bent among many on the Left to favour the unexpected rupture of kairòs as a key to revolution; is highly suspicious of ideological and class alignments of ethics; offers a thorough re-assessment of the role of fetishism in the Marxist tradition; and broaches the question of death, unavoidable for any Marxist engagement with religion.

Keywords: Christianity; fetishism; kairòs; political ambivalence; Western Marxists



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