The God who May be: A Hermeneutics of Religion

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Philosophy - 172 pages
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"Kearney is one of the most exciting thinkers in the English-speaking world of continental philosophy.... and [he] joins hands with its fundamental project, asking the question ‘what'or who'comes after the God of metaphysics?’" —John D. Caputo

Engaging some of the most urgent issues in the philosophy of religion today, in this lively book Richard Kearney proposes that instead of thinking of God as 'actual,' God might best be thought of as the possibility of the impossible. By pulling away from biblical perceptions of God and breaking with dominant theological traditions, Kearney draws on the work of Ricoeur, Levinas, Derrida, Heidegger, and others to provide a surprising and original answer to who or what God might be. For Kearney, the intersecting dimensions of impossibility propel religious experience and faith in new directions, notably toward views of God that are unforeseeable, unprogrammable, and uncertain. Important themes such as the phenomenology of the persona, the meaning of the unity of God, God and desire, notions of existence and différance, and faith in philosophy are taken up in this penetrating and original work.

Richard Kearney is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and University College, Dublin. He is author of many books on modern philosophy and culture, including Dialogues with Contemporary Continental Thinkers, The Wake of Imagination, and The Poetics of Modernity.

  

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Contents

Toward a Phenomenology of the Persona
9
I Am Who May Be
20
Transfiguring God
39
Desiring God
53
Possibilizing God
80
Poetics of the Possible God
101
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Richard Kearney is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and University College Dublin. He is the author of numerous books on modern philosophy and culture, including Dialogues with Contemporary Continental Thinkers, The
Wake of Imagination, and The Poetics of Modernity, as well as two novels and a volume of poetry. His books have been translated in many European languages. In recent years he has been engaged in the debates on ethics, aesthetics and religion with such key continental philosophers as Ricoeur, Derrida, Kristeva, Levinas, and Caputo.

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