In Praise Of Heteronomy: Making Room For Revelation by Merold WestphalIn Praise Of Heteronomy: Making Room For Revelation by Merold Westphal

In Praise Of Heteronomy: Making Room For Revelation

byMerold Westphal

Paperback | May 22, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$38.13 online 
$39.00 list price
Earn 191 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Recognizing the essential heteronomy of postmodern philosophy of religion, Merold Westphal argues against the assumption that human reason is universal, neutral, and devoid of presupposition. Instead, Westphal contends that any philosophy is a matter of faith and the philosophical encounter with theology arises from the very act of thinking. Relying on the work of Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel, Westphal discovers that their theologies render them mutually incompatible and their claims to be the voice of autonomous and universal reason look dubious. Westphal grapples with this plural nature of human thought in the philosophy of religion and he forwards the idea that any appeal to the divine must rest on a historical and phenomenological analysis.

Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Fordham Universityand Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University. His most recent works include Transcendence and Self-Transcendence (IUP) and Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue (IUP).
Title:In Praise Of Heteronomy: Making Room For RevelationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253026520

ISBN - 13:9780253026521

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

1. Executive and Legislative Autonomy
2. Spinoza's Theology
3. Spinoza's Hermeneutics
4. Kant's Theology
5. Kant's Hermeneutics I
6. Kant's Hermeneutics II
7. Hegel's Theology I
8. Hegel's Theology II
9. Hegel's Hermeneutics
10. The Inevitability of Heteronomy
11. Heteronomy as Freedom

Editorial Reviews

"Merold Westphal is a major figure in the philosophy of religion. His works are an important part of the self-understanding of religion and this new book contributes to his work and extends it in fresh ways." -Kevin Hart, author of Kingdoms of God