- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
Phenomenology is a descriptive empiricism that seeks to describe human experience in all of its various modes. It is an epistemology that seeks to understand the nature and limits of human understanding; or rather, it is a series of diverse accounts of what human knowledge is and can be. Hegel and Husserl are two exemplars of the Cartesian quest for certainty, either on a foundationalist model (Husserl) or a holistic model (Hegel). Post-Husserlian phenomenology is a series of departures from Husserl that represent various ways of making the transition to postmodern philosophy. This chapter examines the contributions of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Lévinas, and Marion, with particular focus on how phenomenology impacts the question of God.
Merold Westphal is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Fordham University; Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University; and Guest Professor at Wuhan University, China. He is the author of two books on Hegel and two on Kierkegaard, he also works on continental philosophy of religion in the contexts of existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, ideology critique, and deconstruction. Recent books include Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism (Fordham University Press, 1998), Overcoming Onto-theology: Toward a Postmodern Christian Faith (Fordham, 2001), Transcendence and Self-Transcendence: On God and the Soul (Indiana University Press, 2004), Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue (Indiana, 2008), and Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church (Baker Academic, 2009).
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