In Praise of Heteronomy

In Praise of Heteronomy : Making Room for Revelation

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Recognizing the essential heteronomy of postmodern philosophy of religion, Merold Westphal argues against the assumption that human reason is universal, neutral, and devoid of presupposition. Instead, Westphal contends that any philosophy is a matter of faith and the philosophical encounter with theology arises from the very act of thinking. Relying on the work of Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel, Westphal discovers that their theologies render them mutually incompatible and their claims to be the voice of autonomous and universal reason look dubious. Westphal grapples with this plural nature of human thought in the philosophy of religion and he forwards the idea that any appeal to the divine must rest on a historical and phenomenological more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.49mm | 403.7g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253026520
  • 9780253026521
  • 1,184,657

Review quote

"Merold Westphal is a major figure in the philosophy of religion. His works are an important part of the self-understanding of religion and this new book contributes to his work and extends it in fresh ways." -Kevin Hart, author of Kingdoms of God "Merold Westphal's treatments of Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel are careful, well-informed, judicious, and attentive to recent literature. Historians of philosophy, among others, will benefit from this work on these three influential figures." -Paul K. Moser, author of Evidence for Godshow more

About Merold Westphal

Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Fordham Universityand Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University. His most recent works include Transcendence and Self-Transcendence (IUP) and Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue (IUP).show more

Table of contents

SiglaPreface1. Executive and Legislative Autonomy 2. Spinoza's Theology 3. Spinoza's Hermeneutics 4. Kant's Theology 5. Kant's Hermeneutics I 6. Kant's Hermeneutics II 7. Hegel's Theology I 8. Hegel's Theology II 9. Hegel's Hermeneutics 10. The Inevitability of Heteronomy11. Heteronomy as FreedomNotesIndexshow more