Contributions by leading philosophers in the United States and Europe address the decline of metaphysics and the gap that has developed for the non-theological analysis of religion. What role should religion play in society at a time when metaphysics has come into disrepute? The metaphysical assumptions behind traditional theologies are no longer widely accepted, but it is unclear as to how this "end of metaphysics" should be interpreted, or what implications it has for our comprehension of religion.
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Mark A. Wrathall is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Brigham Young University, Utah. He has published articles in a number of journals and has contributed chapters to books in the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy series. He is co-editor of Appropriating Heidegger (Cambridge, 2000), Heidegger, Authenticity, and Modernity (2000), and Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science (2000).
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: Metaphysics and onto-theology Mark A. Wrathall; 2. Love and death in Nietzsche Robert Pippin; 3. After onto-theology: philosophy between science and religion Gianni Vattimo; 4. Anti-clericism and atheism Richard Rorty; 5. Closed world structures Charles Taylor; 6. Between the earth and the sky: Heidegger on life after the death of God Mark A. Wrathall; 7. Christianity without onto-theology: Kierkegaard's account of the self's movement from despair to bliss Hubert L. Dreyfus; 8. Religion after onto-theology? Adriaan Peperzak; 9. The experience of God and the axiology of the impossible John Caputo; 10. Jewish philosophy after metaphysics Leora Batnitzky; 11. The end of metaphysics as a possibility Jean-Luc Marion; Index.