The William Desmond Reader

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Career-spanning selections from the writings of William Desmond.

Known especially for his original system of metaphysics in a trilogy of books published between 1995 and 2008, and for his scholarship on Hegel, William Desmond has left his mark on the philosophy of religion, ethics, and aesthetics. The William Desmond Reader provides for the first time in a single book a point of entry into his original and constructive philosophy, including carefully chosen selections of his ...

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Overview

Career-spanning selections from the writings of William Desmond.

Known especially for his original system of metaphysics in a trilogy of books published between 1995 and 2008, and for his scholarship on Hegel, William Desmond has left his mark on the philosophy of religion, ethics, and aesthetics. The William Desmond Reader provides for the first time in a single book a point of entry into his original and constructive philosophy, including carefully chosen selections of his works that introduce the key ideas, perspectives, and contributions of his philosophy as a whole. Also featured is an original essay by Desmond himself reflecting synthetically on the topics covered, as well as an interview by Richard Kearney.

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“...Simpson keeps a finessed editorial (di)stance, with which he lets the other speak for himself; such deference suggests Simpson’s knowledge that the compilation of the excerpts are never exhaustible of the philosopher. This book, therefore, is an excellent introductory reader for those who have never read the works of Desmond, while those who are familiar with his writings should also find it to be an excellent addition to their intellectual repertoire.” — Bibliographia

The William Desmond Reader is a welcome resource for those who are not yet acquainted with his work, as well as for those already familiar with it … [an] excellent volume.” — Ethical Perspectives

“The contributions in this book are of a high quality and definitely to be recommended to the veteran and novel scholar of Desmond’s philosophy.” — Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438442921
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 934,868
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Ben Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Lincoln Christian University. He is the author of Religion, Metaphysics, and the Postmodern: William Desmond and John D. Caputo and The Truth is the Way: Kierkegaard’s Theologia Viatorum.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John D. Caputo vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

List of William Desmond's Works xvii

Part I Metaphysics and Philosophy

The Fourfold Way 3

Transcendences 5

The Truth of Metaphysics 9

What Is Metaphysical Thinking? 15

Metaphysics and Dialectic 23

The Metaxological 33

The Idiocy of Being 47

Agapeic Mind 53

Part II Ethics and Ethos

Autonomy and Freedom 63

The Potencies of the Ethical 69

Metaxological Ethics 73

Part III Religion and the Philosophy of God

Agapeic Origin 87

Breaking the Silence 91

Godlessness 95

Beyond Godlessness 99

Hegel's Counterfeit Double 107

God and the Metaxological Way 115

God and Hyperbole 119

God beyond the Whole 135

God Being Over-Being: A Metaphysical Canto 141

Part IV Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Being Aesthetic 151

Being at a Loss: On Philosophy and the Tragic 165

Art and Transcendence 183

Part V Retrospections and Reflections

Wording the Between 195

Two Thinks at a Distance: An Interview with William Desmond by Richard Kearney on 9 January 2011 229

Index 245

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