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Description - The Forbidden Image by Alain Besancon

Philosophers and theologians have long engaged in intense debate and introspection over the representation of the deity, its possibilities and its proscriptions. "The Forbidden Image" traces the dual strains of 'iconophilia' and iconoclasm, the privileging and prohibition of religious images, over a span of two-and-a-half millennia in the West. Alain Besancon's work begins with a comprehensive examination of the status of the image in Greek, Judaic, Islamic, and Christian thought. The author then addresses arguments regarding the moral authority of the image in European Christianity from the medieval through the early modern periods. Besancon completes "The Forbidden Image" with an examination of how iconophilia and iconoclasm have been debated in the modern period.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226044149
ISBN-10: 0226044149
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 19-May-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alain Besancon

Alain Besancon is the director of studies at L'Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales. A specialist in Russian politics and intellectual history, he has written a number of books, including Anatomie d'un spectre and Les origines intellectuelles du leninisme. Jane Marie Todd is a translator whose works include Largesse by Jean Starobinski and Conversations with Picasso by Brassai, both published by the University of Chicago Press.