God after Metaphysics

God after Metaphysics

A Theological Aesthetic
John Panteleimon Manoussakis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/23/2007
ISBN: 978-0-253-11694-9
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While philosophy believes it is impossible to have an experience of God without the senses, theology claims that such an experience is possible, though potentially idolatrous. In this engagingly creative book, John Panteleimon Manoussakis ends the impasse by proposing an aesthetic allowing for a sensuous experience of God that is not subordinated to imposed categories or concepts. Manoussakis draws upon the theological traditions of the Eastern Church, including patristic and liturgical resources, to build a theological aesthetic founded on the inverted gaze of icons, the augmented language of hymns, and the reciprocity of touch. Manoussakis explores how a relational interpretation of being develops a fuller and more meaningful view of the phenomenology of religious experience beyond metaphysics and onto-theology.

Author Bio

John Panteleimon Manoussakis teaches at Boston College and the American College in Athens, Greece. He has edited (with Drew Hyland) Heidegger and the Greeks (IUP, 2006) and published a translation of Heidegger’s Sojourns.


“I have not seen anything in breadth, importance, and intensity like [Manoussakis’s] conception of God after metaphysics in all the years I have been teaching at the Sorbonne and the University of Chicago! —Jea”
 — Luc Marion

“Elegant and incisive, God after Metaphysics engages the ‘theological turn’ of contemporary phenomenology at a deeper, richer, and more satisfying level than many recent books. Manoussakis is entirely right to stress the importance of what it means to be ‘in relations with God’ and to see this as essential to theology today. Well grounded in patristics, Manoussakis shows us that the future of theology and its past are not in contradiction, and must be thought together.”
 — Kevin Hart, University of Notre Dame

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Part One. Seeing
Allegory 1
1. The Metaphysical Chiasm
2. The Existential Chiasm
3. The Aesthetical Chiasm
Part Two. Hearing
Allegory 2
4. Figures of Silence: Prelude
5. Language beyond Difference and Otherness: Interlude
6. The Interrupted Self: Postlude
Part Three. Touching
Allegory 3
7. Touch Me, Touch Me Not
8. The Sabbath of Experience