Desiring Theology / Edition 2

Desiring Theology / Edition 2

by Charles E. Winquist
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226902137

ISBN-13: 9780226902135

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

One of the foremost scholars exploring the intersection of theology and continental philosophy, Charles E. Winquist argues for the possibility of theological thinking in a postmodern secular milieu. Moving beyond the now familiar reiteration of postmodernity's losses--the death of God, the displacement of the self, the end of history, the closure of the Book--Winquist…  See more details below

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One of the foremost scholars exploring the intersection of theology and continental philosophy, Charles E. Winquist argues for the possibility of theological thinking in a postmodern secular milieu. Moving beyond the now familiar reiteration of postmodernity's losses--the death of God, the displacement of the self, the end of history, the closure of the Book--Winquist equates a desire to think theologically with a desire, amidst postmodernity's disappointments, for a thinking that does not disappoint. To desire theology in this sense is to desire to know an "other" in and of language that can be valued in the forming of personal and communal identity. In this book, "desiring theology" carries another sense as well, for Winquist argues that, in the wake of psychoanalysis, theology must elaborate the meaning and importance of desire in its own discourse.

Winquist's work is tactical as well as theoretical, showing what kind of work theology can do in a postmodern age. He suggests that theology is closely akin to what Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari refer to as a minor intensive use of a major language. The minor intensive theological use of language, Winquist argues, pressures the ordinary weave of discourse and opens it to desire. Thus theology becomes a work against "the disappointment of thinking." Deeply engaged with the work of Nietzsche, Derrida, Tillich, Robert P. Scharlemann, and Mark C. Taylor, among others, this book is a significant addition to contemporary theology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226902135
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Exigency of Theological Thinking1
2Beginnings8
3The Incorrigibility of Mind and Transcendental Method17
4The Incorrigibility of the Body and the Refiguring of Discourse34
5Theological Text Production45
6Theological Surfaces: Heterology, Ontology, and Eschatology62
7Interventions84
8Theological Singularities: Following and Erring99
9Theology as a Minor Literature127
10Desiring Community138
Index151

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