Theology after Postmodernity: Divining the Void - A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas

Paperback | November 8, 2015

byTina Beattie

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Theology after Postmodernity is a ground-breaking study that has the capacity to transform the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and Christian theology. Reading the theology of Thomas Aquinas in close engagement with the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, Tina Beattie shows howThomism exerted a formative influence on Lacan, and she also shows how a Lacanian approach can bring rich new insights to Thomas's theology. A growing number of English-speaking scholars now recognize the extent to which twentieth century French theorists and philosophers were influenced by medieval theology, and there have been several studies of Jacques Lacan's Thomism. However, this is the first study published in English to bring aLacanian feminist perspective to bear on the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Focusing on the centrality of desire in Thomas's theology and Lacan's psychoanalytic theory, Beattie follows Lacan along an overgrown and often hidden path through the changing configurations of desire, gender, and knowledgefrom their Aristotelian formation in the medieval universities to their fragmentation in the collapse of modernity's visions and values. Beattie offers a penetrating critique of Thomas's Aristotelianism, but she also excavates the mystical treasures within his theology. This enables her to show how Thomas's God remains an unconscious but potent influence in the shaping of modern western thought, and to ask what transformations mightbe needed in order to bring about a Thomism for our times. Probing beneath the surface of Thomas's Summa Theologiae and other writings, she brings to light the Other of Thomas's One God - an incarnate, maternal Trinity who emerges when Thomas's Aristotelian ontotheology is suspended and the moreneglected aspects of his doctrinal and theological insights are allowed to emerge. Lacan makes possible a renewed Thomism which offers a rich theology of creation, incarnation, and redemption capable of responding to some of the most urgent and far-reaching challenges that questions of gender, nature, and God pose to Christian theological language in its classical and postmodernformations.

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Theology after Postmodernity is a ground-breaking study that has the capacity to transform the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and Christian theology. Reading the theology of Thomas Aquinas in close engagement with the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, Tina Beattie shows howThomism exerted a formative influence on Laca...

Tina Beattie is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London. She is widely known for her academic publications and also for her more popular writings, lectures, and broadcasts. Her main areas of interest include Catholic theology, critical theory, and issues of gender; the Virgin Mary in theology and art; Ch...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.95 inPublished:November 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionI: Being and Desire1. Language about the Abyss2. Knowing the World in God3. Speaking of God in the World4. Desiring God in the WorldII: Ordering Desire5. Greek Philosophy, Gender, and Theology6. Fatherhood, Law, and Society7. Angels, Demon, and the Man of God8. The Rise of the UniversitiesIII: Conquering Desire9. The Making of Modernity10. Kant, Ethics, and Otherness11. The Sadean Violence of the Kantian Other12. Love, Law, and TransgressionIV: Sexing Desire13. Sexual Mythologies and the Making of Modernity14. Being beyond Philosophy15. She who SpeaksV: Embodying Desire16. In the Beginning17. Theology beyond Postmodernism18. The Maternal Trinity19. Catherine of Siena: Writing the Body of God20. The Risen and Remembered SelfBibliography

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"Beatties arguments about Thomas are unexpected, creative, and often beautiful." --Rachel J. Smith, Marginalia