After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy

After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy

After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy

After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy

Synopsis

Who or what comes after God? In the wake of God, as the last fifty years of philosophy has shown, God comes back again, otherwise: Heidegger's last God, Levinas's God of Infinity, Derrida's and Caputo's tout autre, Marion's God without Being, Kearney's God who may be. Sharing the common problematic of the otherness of the Other, the essays in this volume represent considered responses to the recent work of Richard Kearney.

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Moses desires to see the “glory” (Ex. 33:18) or the “face” (Ex.
33:22) of God, but he is refused and receives a vision of God “only
from behind,” after God, on going by, had pressed him with his hand
into the crack in the rock.

Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of God, vi, p. 38

So here we are, like Moses, after God.

All the texts in this volume share, in one way or another, the adverbial ambiguity of after. the God they seek—the God they are after—is a God who can be seen “only from behind,” that is, without being seen, in the blindness of vision, at the limits of the phenomenological horizon. This is a God who, for several of our contributors, can be known only through the dark cloud of not-knowing. a God who can be named only through the paradox of a name that refers back to itself, without name. a God without God, without sovereignty, power, and presence.

Who or what comes, then, after God? Such was the question that befell philosophy following the proclamation of the “death of God.” in the wake of God, as the last fifty years of philosophy have shown, God comes back again, otherwise: Heidegger's last God, Levinas's God of Infinity, Derrida's and Caputo's tout autre, Marion's God without Being, Kearney's God who may be.

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