After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in by John Panteleimon Manoussakis

By John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Who or what comes after God? within the wake of God, because the final fifty years of philosophy has proven, God comes again back, in a different way: Heidegger's final God, Levinas's God of Infinity, Derrida's and Caputo's tout autre, Marion's God with out Being, Kearney's God who could be. Sharing the typical complex of the otherness of the opposite, the essays during this quantity signify thought of responses to the hot paintings of Richard Kearney.John Panteleimon Manoussakis holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston university. he's the writer of Theos Philosophoumenos (in Greek, Athens 2004) and co-editor of Heidegger and the Greeks (with Drew Hyland). He has additionally translated Heidegger's Aufenthalte.

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In their plunge toward fundamental profundity, phenomenology often turned its sights from the treasures floating in the flotsam and jetsam of the forfeited. It overlooked the ‘‘foul rag and bone shop of the heart’’ (Yeats). The return to poetics does not require the abandonment of philosophy. In fact, poetics might be said to occupy that in-between site where conceptual reflection finds its limits and poetry finds its illimitable nutrition. In this sense, the idiom of poetics promoted by the fourth reduction invites us to another kind of thinking, what we might call with Rilke an understanding of the heart, which observes a double fidelity to both philosophy and poetry.

I do not wish to claim, however, that such a new optics and acoustics are only available through philosophical reflection. ’’ So what is it that triggers the shift of attention? At its most basic it is, perhaps, the experience of death. The seed dying so that we may grow. Dying unto the world so that we may live again more abundantly. Being in the world still, more deeply than ever, but no longer of the world. No longer subject to the illu16 Richard Kearney ................. 15720$ $CH1 01-18-06 15:33:03 PS PAGE 16 sions and attachments of Habit.

This decisive and long-overdue conversation between the world’s different wisdom traditions has hardly begun, though hap10 Richard Kearney ................. 15720$ $CH1 01-18-06 15:33:00 PS PAGE 10 pily figures such as Pannikar, Abhishiktananda, Griffiths, and Thich Nhat Hanh are pointing the way. For if religion has, alas, been one of the major sources of war and hatred, it may also be a crucial ingredient of healing. The fourth reduction, in sum, radicalizes the three phenomenological reductions to the point where they rejoin hermeneutics.

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