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Perspectives in Continental Philosophy #11: Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

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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 [unzeitgemä' 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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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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-423) and indexes.

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Echoes of an embarrassment : philosophical perspectives on negative theology--an introduction / Ilse N. Bulhof and Laurens ten Kate — Cloud of unknowing : an orientation in negative theology from Dionysius the Areopagite, Eckhart, and John of the Cross to modernity / Bert Blans — Is the ontological argument ontological? The argument according to Anselm and its metaphysical interpretation according to Kant / Jean-Luc Marion — Two forms of negative theology explained using Thomas Aquinas / Jozef Wissink — Zarathustra's yes and woe : Nietzsche, Celan, and Eckhart on the death of God / Dirk de Schutter — Being unable to speak, seen as a period : difference and distance in Jean-Luc Marion / Victor Kal — The theology of the sign and the sign of theology : the apophatics of deconstruction / Hent de Vries — Being open as a form of negative theology : on nominalism, negative theology, and Derrida's performative interpretation of 'Khãora' / Ilse N. Bulhof — Crisis in our speaking about God : Derrida and Barth's Epistle to the Romans / Rico Sneller — The gift of loss : a study of the fugitive God in Bataille's atheology, with references to Jean-Luc Nancy / Laurens ten Kate — Is Adorno's philosophy a negative theology? / Gerrit Steunebrink — "No spiritual investment in the world as it is" : Jacob Taubes's negative political theology / Marin Terpstra and Theo de Wit — The author's silence : transcendence and representation in Mikhail Bakhtin / Anton Simons — On faith and the experience of transcendence : an existential reflection on negative theology / Paul Moyaert.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823220359
Editor:
Bulhof, Ilse Nina
Editor:
Kate, Laurens Ten
Editor:
Bulhof, Ilse Nina
Editor:
Kate, Laurens Ten
Author:
Bulhof, Ilse
Author:
Kate, Laurens Ten
Author:
ten Kate, Laurens
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Death of god theology
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Good & Evil
Subject:
Theology -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
460
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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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