Transforming Philosophy and Religion

Transforming Philosophy and Religion

Love's Wisdom
Edited by Norman Wirzba and Bruce Ellis Benson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/07/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21958-9
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Norman Wirzba, Bruce Ellis Benson, and an international group of philosophers and theologians describe how various expressions of philosophy are transformed by the discipline of love. What is at stake is how philosophy colors and shapes the way we receive and engage each other, our world, and God. Focusing primarily on the Continental tradition of philosophy of religion, the work presented in this volume engages thinkers such as St. Paul, Meister Eckhart, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur, Derrida, Marion, Zizek, Irigaray, and Michele Le Doeuff. Emerging from the book is a complex definition of the wisdom of love which challenges how we think about nature, social justice, faith, gender, creation, medicine, politics, and ethics.

Author Bio

Norman Wirzba is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Georgetown College. He is author of The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and editor (with Bruce Ellis Benson) of The Phenomenology of Prayer.

Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wheaton College. He is author of Pious Nietzsche (IUP, 2007). He is editor (with Kevin Vanhoozer and James K. A. Smith) of Hermeneutics at the Crossroads (IUP, 2006).


“While it has been fairly common for philosophers to think about love, the 15 compelling essays gathered here go beyond the commonplace to show how philosophy is implicated in the ways of love. ”

“. . . these essays in Transforming Philosophy and Religion offer a resounding affirmation of St. Paul's proclamations about the emptiness of knowledge without love (I Corinthians 13). Given its contributors (esp. Caputo and Wirzba) and the topics that they engage (e.g., Paul, Zizek, etc.), it will be of particular interest to the aspiring theologians of the emerging church.Dec. 5, 2008”
 — Chris Smith, Editor

“This collection is both beautiful and exciting in its scope, content, and direction. Summing Up: Essential.January 2009”
 — Choice

“The strength of this collection of essays, all sharing in their continental-philosophical bent, lies mainly in its extreme relevance and its apparent 'call to action' for thinkers of philosophical and religious thought. ”
 — Louvain Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction Norman Wirzba and Bruce Ellis Benson
Part 1. The Nature of the Quest
1. The Primacy of Love Norman Wirzba
2. The Economies of Knowledge and Love in Paul Bruce Ellis Benson
3. Love, This Lenient Interpreter: On the Complexity of a Life Edward Mooney
Part 2. Justice
4. A Love as Strong as Death: Ricoeur's Reading of the Song of Songs Mark Gedney
5. Paul Ricoeur and the Possibility of Just Love Christopher Watkin
6. Why There Is No Either/Or in Works of Love: A Kantian Defense of Kierkegaardian (Christian) Unconditional Love Bertha Alvarez Manninen
7. Living by Love: A Quasi-Apostolic carte postale on Love in Itself, If There Is Such a Thing John D. Caputo
Part 3. The Sacred
8. A Love that B(l)inds: Reflections on an Agapic Agnosticism B. Keith Putt
9. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Brian Treanor
10. Creation Ex Amore James Olthuis
11. Militant Love: Zizek and the Christian Legacy Tyler Roberts
12. Love as a Declaration of War? On the Absolute Character of Love in Jean-Luc Marion's Phenomenology of Eros Christina M. Gschwandtner
Part 4. Rethinking Humanity
13. Liberating Love's Capabilities: On the Wisdom of Love Pamela Sue Anderson
14. The Genesis of Love: An Irigarayan Reading Ruthanne S. Pierson Crápo
15. You'd Better Find Somebody to Love: Toward a Kierkegaardian Bioethic Amy Laura Hall
List of Contributors