Transcendence and Beyond: A Postmodern Inquiry

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Overview

Transcendence and Beyond poses the classical questions of transcendence in a postmodern setting. Do we need a transcendence that is ever more beyond or should we put transcendence behind us altogether? Is it the case that, when seen in a postmodern light, transcendence must be itself transcended? In this thought-provoking volume, Jean-Luc Marion, Gianni Vattimo, and a distinguished group of international philosophers and theologians interrogate transcendence for today’s philosophy of religion. The essays gathered here examine notions of transcendence to assess its relevance and meaning in a postmodern context as well as to determine how it might be usefully refitted. Various subthemes, such as creation, love, religious language, the question of the impossible and that of becoming, emerge with a new definition of transcendence. Poised at the intersection of philosophy and religion, these reflections provide a benchmark for renewed consideration of this classic philosophical and religious theme.

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Brigham Young University James E. Faulconer
"This is an important contribution to the contemporary discussion of transcendence in theologyraising questions for our continued consideration and providing thoughtful answers to those questions." —James E. Faulconer, Brigham Young University
James E. Faulconer
"This is an important contribution to the contemporary discussion of transcendence in theology, raising questions for our continued consideration and providing thoughtful answers to those questions." —James E. Faulconer, Brigham Young University
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This is an important contribution to the contemporary discussion of transcendence in theology, raising questions for our continued consideration and providing thoughtful answers to those questions.—James E. Faulconer, Brigham Young University
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Meet the Author

John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. He is also David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. His many books include The Weakness of God (IUP, 2006).

Michael J. Scanlon, O.S.A., holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Do We Need to Transcend Transcendence? John D. Caputo and Michael J. Scanlon

Part 1. Keynotes of Transcendence
1. The Impossible for Man—God Jean-Luc Marion
2. Nihilism as Postmodern Christianity Gianni Vattimo

Part 2. Re-imagining Traditional Transcendence
3. Re-imagining God Richard Kearney
4. Trinity and Transcendence Michael J. Scanlon
5. Transcendent Immanence and Evolutionary Creation James P. Mackey
6. G*d—The Many-Named: Without Place and Proper Name Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Part 3. Relocating Transcendence on the Plane of Immanence
7. Rumors of Transcendence: The Movement, State, and Sex of "Beyond" Catherine Keller
8. Intimations of Transcendence: Praise and Compassion Sallie McFague
9. Topologies of Transcendence David Wood
10. Temporal Transcendence: The Very Idea of à venir in Derrida John D. Caputo
11. Transcendence and Transversality Calvin O. Schrag

Transcendence and Beyond: A Concluding Roundtable Moderated by John D. Caputo

List of Contributors
Index

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