Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion

Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion

James E. Faulconer
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Publication date: 3/26/2003
ISBN: 978-0-253-10977-4
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Can transcendence be both philosophical and religious? Do philosophers and theologians conceive of the same thing when they think and talk about transcendence? Philosophy and religion have understood transcendence and other matters of faith differently, but both the language and concepts of religion, including transcendence, reside at the core of postmodern philosophy. Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion considers whether it is possible to analyze religious transcendence in a philosophical manner, and if so, whether there is a way for phenomenology to think transcendence directly. Attention is devoted to the role of French philosophy, particularly the work of Levinas, Ricoeur, Derrida, and Marion, in defining recent debates in the philosophy of religion and posing new ways of thinking about religious experience in a postmodern world.

Author Bio

James E. Faulconer is Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. He is co-editor (with Richard Williams) of Reconsidering Psychology: Perspectives from Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and (with Mark A. Wrathall) of Appropriating Heidegger.

Contributors are James E. Faulconer, Béatrice Han, Jean-Luc Marion, Paul Moyaert, Ben Vedder, Merold Westphal, and Marlène Zarader.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary :

Introduction: Thinking Transcendence James E. Faulconer
Part 1. Hermeneutics and Philosophical Reflection
1. Whose Philosophy? Which Religion? Reflections on Reason as Faith Merold Westphal
2. The Question into Meaning and the Question of God: A Hermeneutic Approach Ben Vedder
3. The Sense of Symbols as the Core of Religion: A Philosophical Approach to a Theological Debate Paul Moyaert
4. Philosophy and Transcendence: Religion and the Possibility of Justice James E. Faulconer
Part 2. Rethinking Phenomenology from Religion
5. The Event, the Phenomenon, and the Revealed Jean-Luc Marion
6. Phenomenality and Transcendence Marlène Zarader
7. Transcendence and the Hermeneutic Circle: Some Thoughts on Marion and Heidegger Béatrice Han