Richard Kearney’s Anatheistic Wager

Richard Kearney’s Anatheistic Wager

Philosophy, Theology, Poetics
Edited by Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/23/2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03400-7
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Philosopher Blaise Pascal famously insisted that it was better to wager belief in God than to risk eternal damnation. More recently, Richard Kearney has offered a wager of his own--the anatheistic wager, or return to God after the death of God. In this volume, an international group of contributors consider what Kearney's spiritual wager means. They question what is at stake with such a wager and what anatheism demands of the self and of others. The essays explore the dynamics of religious anatheistic performativity, its demarcations and limits, and its motives. A recent interview with Kearney focuses on crucial questions about philosophy, theology, and religious commitment. As a whole, this volume interprets and challenges Kearney's philosophy of religion and its radical impact on contemporary views of God.

Author Bio

Chris Doude van Troostwijk is professor of philosophy and philosophical ethics at the Luxemburg School of Religion and Society (Luxembourg) and Visiting Professor for Liberal Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Matthew Clemente is a teaching fellow at Boston College specializing in philosophy of religion and contemporary continental thought. He is author of Out of the Storm: A Novella and is editor (with Richard Kearney) of The Art of Anatheism.


“Highlights and interacts with the important and fruitful work of Richard Kearney, especially in light of his most recent work on anatheism.”
 — Christina M. Gschwandtner, author of , Degrees of Givenness

“These fifteen essays provide thoughtful engagement with Richard Kearney's work that deepens our understanding of anatheism and offers a great addition to continental philosophy of religion. ”
 — Reading Religion

“Recommended. ”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Risk of the Wager (Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente)

Part I: Conversations after God
1. Theism, Atheism, Anatheism (James Wood and Richard Kearney)
2. A Conversation after God (Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Richard Kearney)
3. Mysticism and Anatheism: The Case of Teresa (Julia Kristeva and Richard Kearney)
4. Anatheist Exchange: Returning to the Body after the Flesh (Emmanuel Falque and Richard Kearney)

Part II: At the Limits of Theology
5. The Anatheistic Wager: faith after Faith (Brian Treanor)
6. Arch and Eschaton: Kearney and Desmond on God (Richard Colledge)
7. Is it Possible to be a Reformed Anatheist? (Helgard Pretorius)
8. Anatheism and Inter-religious Hospitality: Reflections from a Catholic Comparative Theologian (Marianne Moyaert)
9. Buddhist Anatheism (Joseph O’Leary)
10. The Wager that Wasn’t: An Education in Shady Chances (L. Callid Keefe-Perry)

Part III: Poetics of the Sacred
11. Recognition and Hospitality: Coming Back to the Odysseus’s Coming Home (Pierre Drouot, trans. Sarah Horton)
12. The Twofold Face of God: an Anatheist Reading of the Sacrifice of Abraham (Jacob Rogozinski)
13. The Apparent God: Biblical Poetics and the End of Time (Theo Hettema)
14. Kearney’s Other and the Anatheist Shadow (Patrick Burke)
15. Trauma, Resurrection, and the Anatheistic Wager (Shelley Rambo)

Epilogue: From Wager to Art and Back Again (Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente)