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Transcendence and Self-Transcendence : On God and the Soul - Merold Westphal

Transcendence and Self-Transcendence

On God and the Soul

Paperback Published: 16th July 2004
ISBN: 9780253216878
Number Of Pages: 235

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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.

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Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: For Orientationp. 1
Onto-Theology and the Need to Transcend Cosmological Transcendence
Heidegger: How Not to Speak about Godp. 15
Spinoza: The Onto-theological Pantheism of Naturep. 41
Hegel: The Onto-theological Pantheism of Spiritp. 66
Epistemic Transcendence: The Divine Mystery
Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius: Negative Theology as a Break with the Onto-theological Projectp. 93
Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas: How to Speak Nevertheless about God--The Analogy of Beingp. 115
Barth: How to Speak Nevertheless about God--The Analogy of Faithp. 142
Ethical and Religious Transcendence: The Divine Imperative
Levinas: Beyond Onto-theology to Love of Neighborp. 177
Kierkegaard: Beyond Onto-theology to Love of Godp. 201
Conclusionp. 227
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780253216878
ISBN-10: 0253216877
Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 16th July 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.44  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.4