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After GodRichard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy$
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John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225316

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225316.001.0001

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Kearney's Wager

Kearney's Wager

(p.94) Kearney's Wager
After God

Patrick Burke

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that Kearney makes a wager in The God Who May Be. He holds that the God of the possible, posse, is much closer to the God of desire and promise than scholasticism's old metaphysical God of pure act, esse. The wager takes more specific forms, namely that it is wiser to interpret divinity as a possibility-to-be than as either pure being in the manner of ontotheology or as a pure non-being in the manner of negative theology; and that it is wiser to take “the mediating course of narrative imagination” between two polar opposites in contemporary thinking about God, that of Levinas, Marion, and at times even Derrida, and that of Campbell, Zizek, Lyotard, Kristeva, and Caputo. The chapter concludes that of all the twentieth-century notions of the possible analyzed by Kearney, Derrida clearly comes the closest to stating what Kearney is after.

Keywords:   The God Who May Be, divinity, posse, esse, negative theology, ontotheology, Derrida, Richard Kearney

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