Transcendence and Self-Transcendence: On God and the Soul

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Juli 2004



The question of the transcendence of God has traditionally been thoughtin terms of the difference between pantheism, which affirms that God is wholly"within" the world, and theism, which affirms that God is both"within" and "outside" the world, both immanent andtranscendent. Against Heidegger's critique of onto-theology and the generalpostmodern concern for respecting and preserving the difference of the other, MeroldWestphal seeks to rethink divine transcendence in relation to modes of humanself-transcendence. Touching upon Spinoza, Hegel, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, Barth, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, Westphal's work centersaround a critique of onto-theology, the importance of alterity, the decentered self, and the autonomous transcendental ego. Westphal's phenomenology of faith sets thisbook into the main currents of Continental philosophy of religion today.


For Orientation Part 1. Onto-theology and the Need to Transcend Cosmological Transcendence 1. Heidegger: How Not to Speak About God; 2. Spinoza: The Onto-theological Pantheism of Nature; 3. Hegel: The Onto-theological Pantheism of Spirit Part 2. Epistemic Transcendence - The Divine Mystery 4. Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius: Negative Theology as a Break with the Onto-Theological Project; 5. Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas: How to Speak Nevertheless about God - the Analogy of Being; 6. Barth: How to Speak Nevertheless about God - the Analogy of Faith Part 3. Ethical and Religious Transcendence - The Divine Imperative 7. Levinas: Beyond Onto-Theology to Love of Neighbor; 8. Kierkegaard: Beyond Onto-Theology to Love of God; Conclusion


Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of God, Guilt, and Death (IUP, 1987) and History and Truth in Hegel s Phenomenology, 3rd ed. (IUP, 1998), and editor of Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought (IUP, 2000)."


" ... good things to offer."--The Expository Times, May 2004
EAN: 9780253216878
ISBN: 0253216877
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2004
Seitenanzahl: 235 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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