A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross

A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross

The Cruciform Self
Brian Gregor
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/25/2013
ISBN: 978-0-253-00704-9
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What does the cross, both as a historical event and a symbol of religious discourse, tell us about human beings? In this provocative book, Brian Gregor draws together a hermeneutics of the self—through Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Taylor—and a theology of the cross—through Luther, Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and Jüngel—to envision a phenomenology of the cruciform self. The result is a bold and original view of what philosophical anthropology could look like if it took the scandal of the cross seriously instead of reducing it into general philosophical concepts.

Author Bio

Brian Gregor is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is editor (with Jens Zimmerman) of Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (IUP, 2009) and Being Human, Becoming Human: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Social Thought.


"Makes a sustained contribution to the very important debate over the proper space between philosophy and theology. Original, well researched, beautifully written, and provocative." —Kevin Hart, University of Virginia

"The power of Bonhoeffer's witness has caused many to overlook the great depth of his reflection. This fine work not only plumbs that depth, but also finds conclusions that may cause us to reconsider our approach to many contemporary questions and concerns.

" —Jeffrey Bloechl, Boston College

"In the end,
A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross represents one of the first major Lutheran engagements with continental philosophy, and an excellent one at that. While the book is certainly not accessible to the layperson, it is accessible to pastors and teachers, and gives a helpful overview of the connections between major figures in continental philosophy and the trajectory of Bonhoeffer’s

philosophical and theological project. Most importantly, it is a valuable contribution at an important time that begins a conversation of depth about both philosophy that is engaged with the scandal of the cross as well as a robust Lutheran vocabulary of sanctification." —

"Gregor's work is impressive along two important lines. One the one hand, he offers the uniformed or porrly informed philospher a clear and often quite detailed presentation of Bonhoeffer's systematic thought, with attention to its conscious relation not only to Lutheran theology but also to modern philosophy. On the other hand, he also threads that presentation into the contemporary philosophical context by marking important points of contact with work by such convivial thinkers as Ricoeur, Marcel, and Charles Taylor, but also Nietzsche and Heidegger, with whom discussion would be considerably more antagonistic." —International Philosophical Quarterly

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Philosophy, the Cross, and Human Being
Part 1
2. The Hermeneutics of the Self
3. Faith, Substance, and the Cross
4. The Incurved Self
5. The Anthropological Question
Part 2
6. The Concreteness and Continuity of Faith
7. The Capable Human Being as a Penultimate Good
8. The Call to Responsibility
9. Reflexivity, Intentionality, and Self-understanding
10. Religion within the Limits of the Penultimate?
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