God And The Other: Ethics And Politics After The Theological Turn

Hardcover | April 12, 2011

byJ. Aaron Simmons

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The theological turn in French phenomenology has been of great interest to scholars working in contemporary continental thought, but according to J. Aaron Simmons, not enough has been done to bring these debates into conversation with more mainstream philosophy. Building on the work of Kierkegaard, Levinas, Marion, and Derrida, among others, Simmons suggests how continental philosophy of religion can intersect with political philosophy, environmental philosophy, and theories of knowledge. By productively engaging philosophical "God-talk," Simmons proposes a robust model of postmodern religious belief and ethical existence.

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The theological turn in French phenomenology has been of great interest to scholars working in contemporary continental thought, but according to J. Aaron Simmons, not enough has been done to bring these debates into conversation with more mainstream philosophy. Building on the work of Kierkegaard, Levinas, Marion, and Derrida, among o...

J. Aaron Simmons is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hendrix College. He is editor (with David Wood) of Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, and Religion (IUP, 2008).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations for Kierkegaard and Levinas Texts
Introduction: God... Again--Again... God
1. The Problem: Richard Rorty's Critique of Emmanuel Levinas--or, Why Continental Ethics and Philosophy of Religion Face Political Challenges
Part 1. A Question of Priority--Levinas and Kierkegaard
2. Hearing Divine Commands and Responding to the Call of the Other: A Reading of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
3. Bi-directional Relationality: Levinasian Readings of the Akedah and the (Dynamic) Ethical in Kierkegaard
4. An Ontology of Constitutive Responsibility: Kierkegaardian "Transparency" and Levinasian "Exposure"
5. Levinasian Subjectivity and Political Critique
Part 2. Obligation and Transcendence in New Phenomenology
6. Mapping Twists and "Turns": An Introduction to the Current Debate and Suggestions for Moving Forward
7. Reconstructive Separatism: On Phenomenology and Theology
8. Is Continental Philosophy Just Catholicism for Atheists? Critique and Kenosis
Part 3. Intersections and Applications
9. The Religious: Maintaining the Paradox--Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard on Postmodern Christianity
10. The Political: Politics as an Ethico-religious Task--Reconsidering Religion in the Public Square
11. The Epistemological: Between Trust and Hope--Justification in a Deconstructive Democracy
12. The Ethical: Expansive Relationality--Levinas, Community, and Climate Change
13. The Ethico-Political: Following Postmodern Exemplars
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is recommended not only to those with interests in new phenomenology but also to anyone interested in the ongoing debate and discussion on what relationship, if any, religion should have in the public sphere." -The Journal of Religion