God in France: Eight Contemporary French Thinkers on God

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According to some, French philosophy has taken an obvious turn towards/into a theological context. In their work, contemporary philosophers such as Ricoeur, Levinas, Girard, Henry, and even Derrida and Lyotard in their later periods focus on issues usually associated with theological debates. For thinkers like Henry, Marion, and Lacoste, theology even plays a prominent role in their thought. Why this post-Heideggerian turn to God? This book introduces the typically French debate of the so-called 'theological turn...

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According to some, French philosophy has taken an obvious turn towards/into a theological context. In their work, contemporary philosophers such as Ricoeur, Levinas, Girard, Henry, and even Derrida and Lyotard in their later periods focus on issues usually associated with theological debates. For thinkers like Henry, Marion, and Lacoste, theology even plays a prominent role in their thought. Why this post-Heideggerian turn to God? This book introduces the typically French debate of the so-called 'theological turn of French philosophy' through a presentation of the philosophers mentioned. Why are they all interested in the quest for God and Religion? How do they understand God in a philosophical way? Thinking about these questions offers to both philosophy and theology the opportunity for a crossover which is mutually enriching. This book aims to contribute to this fascinating process.

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Table of Contents

1 God in France : Heidegger's legacy 1
2 Paul Ricoeur : thinking the Bible 43
3 Every man has a God or an idol : Rene Girard's view of Christianity and religion 68
4 This extraordinary word : Emmanuel Levinas on God 96
5 God is life : on Michel Henry's arch-Christianity 119
6 God as war : Derrida on divine violence 143
7 Phrasing God : Lyotard's hidden philosophy of religion 165
8 The paradox of God's appearance : on Jean-Luc Marion 186
9 Phenomenology, liturgy, and metaphysics : the thought of Jean-Yves Lacoste 207
10 About the authors 226
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