Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought

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Merold Westphal
Indiana University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 291 pages

Are postmodern philosophy and Christian thought so diametrically opposed that "never the twain shall meet"? Or are various postmodern philosophies, in spite of their secular provenance, open to religious appropriation? These thirteen lively, original essays awaken secular postmodernisms and various modes of Christian thinking from their ideological complacency. An open space for passionate dialogue emerges from conversations that powerfully engage both intellectual and religious points of view.

 

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Contents

APPROPRIATING POSTMODERNISM
1
On the Uses and Advantages of an Epistemology for Life
13
Nietzsches Critique
28
Is the Postmodern PostSecular? The Parody of Religious Quests
44
Postmodern Programs Claimants Contests
69
Barth and Derrida on Words
91
Postmodernitys Flight from Determinacy
109
Sketch of a Phenomenoiogical Concept of Gift
122
Heidegger and Natural Theology
144
The Christian Doctrine of Creation in
169
Augustine Heidegger
202
Emmanuel Levinas and Hillels Questions
229
From Heideggerian Care to Christian Charity
246
Philosophy of Other Religions
268
CONTRIBUTORS
287
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Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He has served as president of the Hegel Society of America and the Soren Kierkegaard Society and as co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. His works include History and Truth in Hegel's Phenomenology (3rd edition; Indiana University Press) and God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion (Indiana University Press). He is co-editor (with Martin Matu_tík) of Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity (Indiana University Press).

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