God After Metaphysics: A Theological Aesthetic

Hardcover | May 23, 2007

byJohn Panteleimon Manoussakis

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While philosophy believes it is impossible to have an experience of God without the senses, theology claims that such an experience is possible, though potentially idolatrous. In this engagingly creative book, John Panteleimon Manoussakis ends the impasse by proposing an aesthetic allowing for a sensuous experience of God that is not subordinated to imposed categories or concepts. Manoussakis draws upon the theological traditions of the Eastern Church, including patristic and liturgical resources, to build a theological aesthetic founded on the inverted gaze of icons, the augmented language of hymns, and the reciprocity of touch. Manoussakis explores how a relational interpretation of being develops a fuller and more meaningful view of the phenomenology of religious experience beyond metaphysics and onto-theology.

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While philosophy believes it is impossible to have an experience of God without the senses, theology claims that such an experience is possible, though potentially idolatrous. In this engagingly creative book, John Panteleimon Manoussakis ends the impasse by proposing an aesthetic allowing for a sensuous experience of God that is not s...

John Panteleimon Manoussakis teaches at Boston College and the American College in Athens, Greece. He has edited (with Drew Hyland) Heidegger and the Greeks (IUP, 2006) and published a translation of Heidegger's Sojourns.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.86 inPublished:May 23, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253348803

ISBN - 13:9780253348807

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Part One. Seeing
Allegory 1
1. The Metaphysical Chiasm
2. The Existential Chiasm
3. The Aesthetical Chiasm
Part Two. Hearing
Allegory 2
4. Figures of Silence: Prelude
5. Language beyond Difference and Otherness: Interlude
6. The Interrupted Self: Postlude
Part Three. Touching
Allegory 3
7. Touch Me, Touch Me Not
8. The Sabbath of Experience
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"... [a] combined ability to revitalize traditional sources and to make everyday
phenomena glimmer under its examination, God after Metaphysics is sure to
provoke both debate and wonder for those interested in continental philosophy
of religion." -Wilson Dickinson, Dept Religion at Syracuse
University, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, vol. 9 no. 3 (Fall 2008)