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Transcendence and Self-Transcendence On God and the Soul

by Merold Westphal

Part of the Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion Series

Transcendence and Self-Transcendence On God and the Soul Synopsis

The question of the transcendence of God has traditionally been thought in terms of the difference between pantheism, which affirms that God is wholly within the world, and theism, which affirms that God is both within and outside the world, both immanent and transcendent. Against Heidegger's critique of onto-theology and the general postmodern concern for respecting and preserving the difference of the other, Merold Westphal seeks to rethink divine transcendence in relation to modes of human self-transcendence. Touching upon Spinoza, Hegel, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, Barth, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, Westphal's work centers around a critique of onto-theology, the importance of alterity, the decentered self, and the autonomous transcendental ego. Westphal's phenomenology of faith sets this book into the main currents of Continental philosophy of religion today.

Transcendence and Self-Transcendence On God and the Soul Press Reviews

... good things to offer. --The Expository Times, May 2004

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253216878
Publication date: 16th July 2004
Author: Merold Westphal
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Philosophy of religion,

About Merold Westphal

Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of God, Guilt, and Death (IUP, 1987) and History and Truth in Hegel's Phenomenology, 3rd ed. (IUP, 1998), and editor of Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought (IUP, 2000).

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