A Genealogy of Nihilism: Philosophies of Nothing and the Difference of Theology / Edition 1

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Overview

Conor Cunningham's elaborate and sophisticated theology, spanning the disciplines of philosophy, science and popular culture, permits us to see not simply how modernity has formulated its philosophies of nothing, but how these philosophies might be transfigures by the crucial difference theology makes, and so be reconcilable with life, and the living - with the very gift which being is.
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'This is an audacious work and it is difficult to do justice to the complexity of the argument or the subtlety of the terms invoked. However, this work also sparkles with simplicity ... Overall this is a dazzling performance ... It provides an important addition to the literature on nihilism.' - Marcus Pound, Reviews in Religion and Theology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415276931
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/2/2002
  • Series: Routledge Radical Orthodoxy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Conor Cunningham is a doctor of theology and teacher of divinity at the University of Cambridge. His previous academic interests have included the study of Law, Social Science and Philosophy, and he was among the original contributors to Radical Orthodoxy: A New Theology (Routledge, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Pt. I Philosophies of nothing 1
1 Towards nothing: Plotinus, Avicenna, Ghent, Scotus and Ockham 3
2 Scotus and Ockham: intuitive cognition - to cognise nothing 44
3 Spinoza: Pan(a)theistic acosmism 59
4 Kant: Causing all to disappear 74
5 Hegel's consummate philosophy: The univocity of Geist 100
6 On the line: Martin Heidegger and Paul Celan 131
7 Derrida: Spinozistic Plotinianism 155
Pt. II The difference of theology 167
8 To speak, to do, to see: Analogy, participation, divine ideas and the idea of beauty 169
9 The difference knowledge makes: Creation out of love 219
10 Philosophies of nothing and the difference of theology: Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, Badiou and creation out of no-one 235
Conclusion: strange forms 273
Bibliography 276
Index 304
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