Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Hardcover | December 16, 2010

byPeter Dula

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In recent decades, theologians and philosophers of religion have been engaged in a vigorous debate about the status and nature of ecclesiology, and of community. In that discussion, theologians have found resources in political philosophy, particularly communitarianism and politicalliberalism. In this book, Peter Dula turns instead to Stanley Cavell to see how his work might illuminate that discussion - in particular, how his understanding of companionship might usefully complicate the communitarian-liberal divide. Since the 1960s, Stanley Cavell has been the mostcategory-defying philosopher in North America as well as one of the least understood. In part this was because philosophers were not sure what to do with Cavell's extensive engagements with literature and film or, stranger yet, Cavell's openness to theological concerns. In this, the first book onCavell and theology, Dula places Cavell in conversation with some of the philosophers most influential in contemporary theology (Alasdair MacIntyre, Martha Nussbaum and John Rawls). He then examines Cavell's relationship to Christian theology, shows how the figure of Christ appears repeatedly in hiswork, and how Cavell's account of skepticism and acknowledgment is a profoundly illuminating and transformative resource for theological discussions - not just of ecclesiology, but of sin, salvation and the existence of God.

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In recent decades, theologians and philosophers of religion have been engaged in a vigorous debate about the status and nature of ecclesiology, and of community. In that discussion, theologians have found resources in political philosophy, particularly communitarianism and politicalliberalism. In this book, Peter Dula turns instead to ...

Peter Dula is Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Eastern Mennonite University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionThe Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley CavellPart One1. Companionship and Community in Cavell and MacIntyre2. Scenes of Instruction in Cavell and Liberalism3. Private Languages in Cavell and Sebald4. Fugitive EcclesiaPart Two5. The Claim of Reason's Apophatic Anthropology6. "Can We Believe All This?": Cavell's Annexation of Theology7. Evidence of Habitation8. Truly HumanConclusionBibliographyEndnotes