Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

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Fordham Univ Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 444 pages
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Contemporary continental philosophy approaches metaphysics with great reservation. A point of criticism concerns traditional philosophical speaking about God. Whereas Nietzsche, with his question God is dead; who killed Him'was, in his time, highly 'unzeitgemá' and shocking, the twentieth century by contrast, saw Heidegger's concept of 'onto-theology' and its implied problematization of the God of the metaphysicians quickly become a famous term. In Heidegger's words, to a philosophical concept or 'being' we can neither pray, nor kneel. Heidegger did not, however, return to the God of Christian faith. He tried to initiate a new way of speaking about God-a way that reveals the limits of philosophical discourse. Derrida, Marion, Bataille, Adorno, Taubes and Bakhtin, each in their own way, continue this exploration begun by Nietzsche and Heidegger. This book takes a fresh look at these developments. The 'death of God' as the editors say in an introductory study, announces not so much the death of the 'old God'-the God of philosophers, theologians and believers-but rather the death of the god who put himself on His throne: autonomous human reason. In listening to the reactions to this dethronement of autonomous reason, the editors believe they hear the echoes of an experience of an embarrassment rooted partly in an old medieval tradition: negative theology. With the death of this 'new god', might a sensitivity reappear for transcendence? Here the editors want to offer a platform where contemporary philosophers of culture can again pose the question of speaking about God.
 

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Contents

Preface
vii
Philosophical Perspectives on Negative TheologyAn Introduction
1
Cloud Of Unknowing An Orientation in Negative Theology from Dionysius the Areopagite Eckhart and John of the Cross to Modernity
58
Is the Ontological Argument Ontological? The Argument According to Anselm and Its Metaphysical Interpretation According To Kant
78
Two Forms of Negative Theology Explained Using Thomas Aquinas
100
Zarathustras Yes and Woe Nietzsche Celan and Eckhart on the Death of God
121
Being Unable to Speak Seen As a Period Difference and Distance in Jeanluc Marion
144
The Theology of the Sign and the Sign of Theology The Apophatics of Deconstruction
166
Crisis in Our Speaking about God Derrida and Barths Epistle to the Romans
223
The Gift of Loss A Study of the Fugitive God in Batailles Atheology with References To Jeanluc Nancy
250
Is Adornos Philosophy a Negative Theology?
293
No Spiritual Investment in the World As It Is Jacob Taubess Negative Political Theology
320
The Authors Silence Transcendence and Representation in Mikhail Bakhtin
354
On Faith and the Experience of Transcendence An Existential Reflection on Negative Theology
375
EPILOGUE
385
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Being Open As a Form of Negative Theology On Nominalism Negative Theology and Derridas Performative Interpretation of Khora
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Page 1 - God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, the murderers of all murderers, comfort ourselves ? What was holiest and most powerful of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives.

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Ilse Bulhof and Laurens ten Kate are Professors of Philosophy at Catholic Theological University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Laurens ten Kate is Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Religion, Religious Studies and Theology at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the co-editor of Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives Negative Theology (Fordham).

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