Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought

Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought

Cruciform Philosophy
Edited by Brian Gregor and Jens Zimmermann
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/12/2009
Format: paper 264 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-22084-4
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, best known for his involvement in the anti-Nazi resistance, was one of the 20th century's most important theologians. His ethics have been a source of guidance and inspiration for men and women in the face of evil. Today, Bonhoeffer's theology is being read by Continental thinkers who value his contributions to the recent "religious turn" in philosophy. In this volume, an international group of scholars present Bonhoeffer's thought as a model of Christian thinking that can help shape a distinctly religious philosophy. They examine the philosophical influences on Bonhoeffer and explore the new perspectives his work brings to the perennial challenges of faith and reason, philosophy and theology, and the problem of evil. These essays add Bonhoeffer's voice to important contemporary debates in the philosophy of religion.

Author Bio

Brian Gregor is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College.

Jens Zimmermann holds a Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.


"Long before the authors of the Radical Orthodoxy movement sought to move beyond the hegemony of secular reason and the false humility of theology, Bonhoeffer was pressing these very same issues." —Barry Harvey, Baylor University

"This collection is insightful and its essays largely careful explorations. ...Recommended. —Choice" —A.W. Klink, Duke University, March 2010

"This is an outstanding collection of essays that aims to read and introduce Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a philosophical theologin." —
Heythrop Journal

"After decades of focusing on Bonhoeffer's theological oeuvre, recent Bonhoeffer scholarship is finally discovering the philosophical richness that has shaped Bonhoeffer's theology in the first place. This volume is a praiseworthy effort in this respect." —Modern Theology

"Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought . . . is an important contribution to the philosophical understanding and application of the thought of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer." —Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Cruciform Philosophy
Brian Gregor and Jens Zimmermann

Part 1. Bonhoeffer on the Limits of Philosophy

1. Ratio in se ipsam incurva: Bonhoeffer on the Uses and Limits of Philosophy
Christiane Tietz

2. Bonhoeffer, This-worldliness, and the Limits of Phenomenology
Paul D. Janz

Part 2. Bonhoeffer vis-à-vis Nietzsche and Heidegger

3. Aristokratisches Christentum: On Bonhoeffer and Nietzsche
Frits de Lange

4."Who Stands Fast?" Do Philosophers Make Good Résistants?
Jean Greisch

5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Heidegger: Two Different Visions of Humanity
Jens Zimmermann

Part 3. Regarding "Religionless Christianity"

6. Philosophical Influences on Bonhoeffer's "Religionless Christianity"
Ralf K. Wüstenberg

7. The Non-Religious Interpretation of Christianity in Bonhoeffer
Paul Ricoeur

8. Bonhoeffer's "Religious Clothes": The Naked Man, the Secret, and What We Hear
Kevin Hart

Part 4. Bonhoeffer on Ethics and the Eschaton

9. Bonhoeffer's "Christian Social Philosophy": Conscience, Alterity, and the Moment of Responsibility
Brian Gregor

10. At the Recurrent End of the Unending: Bonhoeffer's Eschatology of the Penultimate
John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Appendix: The Penultimate and the Precursor
List of Contributors