Lieven Boeve contextualises Lyotard's writings and approach with reference to his theological thought. By focusing on issues such as the nature of the differend within language, the sublime experience and our (in)ability to witness to the breakdowns of language and representation, Lyotard's thought provokes theology to reconsider its own foundations. Taking up issues such as a highly relevant critique of capitalism, itself vital to today's understanding of Christian praxis in a global world, Lyotard offers us a perspective by which to re-evaluate Christianity beyond its being a hegemonic discourse as it moves toward being a discourse concerned with love. Through exploring the Christian narrative as an 'open' one, Boeve aims to make use of new possibilities for theology through a renewed comprehension of Lyotard's significance for today.
About the Author
Lieven Boeve is Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where he currently also serves as Dean of the Faculty and as the co-ordinator of the Research Group 'Theology in a Postmodern Context'. His research concerns theological epistemology, philosophical theology, truth in faith and theology, tradition development and hermeneutics. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition. An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context (2003) and God Interrupts History. Theology in a Time of Upheaval (2007). He has co-edited various volumes, of which the most recent are: Augustine and Postmodern Thought: A New Alliance against Modernity? (2009) and Orthodoxy: Process and Product (2009). From 2005 till 2009 he served as president of the European Society for Catholic Theology.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. PHILOSOPHY IN THE POSTMODERN CONDITION: ON THE INCREDULITY OF MODERN MASTER NARRATIVES AND BEARING WITNESS TO THE DIFFEREND
3. HOW TO DO JUSTICE TO THE EVENT: THE AESTHETICS OF THE SUBLIME
4. POSTMODERN CRITICAL THEORY IN ACTION: THE CASE OF CAPITALISM
5. THE MASTER NARRATIVE OF CHRISTIANITY: A HEGEMONIC DISCOURSE OF THE IDEA OF LOVE
6. CAN GOD ESCAPE THE CLUTCHES OF THE CHRISTIAN MASTER NARRATIVE?
7. THE LANGUAGE PRAGMATIC PLAUSIBILITY OF OPEN NARRATIVES: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-FRANÇOIS LYOTARD
8. LYOTARD AND/OR THEOLOGY? ON THE PRECISE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY
9. THE INTERRUPTIVE EVENT OF THE SACRAMENTAL
10. THE INTERRUPTION OF LATE-MODERN POLITICAL THEOLOGY