Transcendence and Self-Transcendence

Transcendence and Self-Transcendence : On God and the Soul

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The question of the transcendence of God has traditionally been thought in 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 and transcendent. Against Heidegger's critique of onto-theology and the general postmodern concern for respecting and preserving the difference of the other, Merold Westphal seeks to rethink divine transcendence in relation to modes of human self-transcendence. Touching upon Spinoza, Hegel, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, Barth, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, Westphal's work centers around a critique of onto-theology, the importance of alterity, the decentered self, and the autonomous transcendental ego. Westphal's phenomenology of faith sets this book into the main currents of Continental philosophy of religion today.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253216877
  • 9780253216878
  • 1,450,210

About Merold Westphal

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).show more

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Table of contents

For OrientationPart 1. Onto-theology and the Need to Transcend Cosmological Transcendence1. Heidegger: How Not to Speak About God2. Spinoza: The Onto-theological Pantheism of Nature3. Hegel: The Onto-theological Pantheism of SpiritPart 2. Epistemic Transcendence - The Divine Mystery4. Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius: Negative Theology as a Break with the Onto-Theological Project5. Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas: How to Speak Nevertheless about God - the Analogy of Being6. Barth: How to Speak Nevertheless about God - the Analogy of FaithPart 3. Ethical and Religious Transcendence - The Divine Imperative7. Levinas: Beyond Onto-Theology to Love of Neighbor8. Kierkegaard: Beyond Onto-Theology to Love of GodConclusionIndexshow more

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