Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy  -     By: Christine M. Gschwandtner
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Fordham University Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Postmodern Apologetics?: Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy provides an introduction to the emerging field of continental philosophy of religion by treating the movements ideas about God through its most influential proponents.

Part I provides context by examining religious aspects of the thought of the following thinkers
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Christina Gschwandtner
  • Gschwandtner contends that, although the work of these thinkers is not apologetic in nature (i.e., it does not provide an argument for religion, whether Christianity or Judaism), it prepares the ground for the more religiously motivated work of more recent thinkers by giving religious language and ideas some legitimacy in philosophical discussions.

    Part II examines contemporary French thinkers who articulate a phenomenology of religious experience arguing that their respective philosophies can be read as an apologetics of sorts, namely, as arguments for the coherence of thought about God and the viability of religious experience-though each thinker does so in a different fashion and to a different degree. Thinkers examined include:
    • Paul Ricoeur
    • Jean-Luc Marion
    • Michel Henry
    • Jean-Louis Chritien
    • Jean-Yves Lacoste
    Part III considers the three major thinkers who have popularized and extended this phenomenology in the U.S. context:
    • John D. Caputo
    • Merold Westphal
    • Richard Kearney
    • Thus, Postmodern Apologetis? provides an introduction to important contemporary thinkers--many of whom have not yet received much treatment in English--while also arguing that their philosophies can be read as providing an argument for Christian faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Fordham University Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0823242757
ISBN-13: 9780823242757
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This book provides an introduction to the emerging field of continental philosophy of religion by treating the thought of its most important representatives, including its appropriations by several thinkers in the United States.
Part I provides context by examining religious aspects of the thought of Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Christina Gschwandtner contends that, although the work of these thinkers is not apologetic in nature (i.e., it does not provide an argument for religion, whether Christianity or Judaism), it prepares the ground for the more religiously motivated work of more recent thinkers by giving religious language and ideas some legitimacy in philosophical discussions.

Part II devotes a chapter to each of the contemporary French thinkers who articulate a phenomenology of religious experience: Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry, Jean-Louis Chrétien, and Jean-Yves Lacoste. In it, the author argues that their respective philosophies can be read as an apologetics of sorts-namely, as arguments for the coherence of thought about God and the viability of religious experience-though each thinker does so in a different fashion and to a different degree.

Part III considers the three major thinkers who have popularized and extended this phenomenology in the U.S. context: John D. Caputo, Merold Westphal, and Richard Kearney.

The book thus both provides an introduction to important contemporary thinkers, many of whom have not yet received much treatment in English, and also argues that their philosophies can be read as providing an argument for Christian faith.

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CHRISTINA M. GSCHWANDTNER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton. She is the author of Reading Jean-Luc Marion: Exceeding Metaphysics and has translated Marion's On the Ego and on God (Fordham), his The Visible and the Revealed (Fordham), and Michel Henry's Words of Christ (forthcoming 2012).

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"This book brings together in one place the thought of seven philosophers of religion who are not well known in the English-speaking world but who have much to say that is relevant to contemporary discussions of religion, whether those discussions occur in philosophy or theology."-JAMES E. FAULCONER, Brigham Young University


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