Books


God and the Other

“This book is an encouraging sign about new directions in Continental philosophy—and Continental philosophy of religion more specifically. . . . Recommended.” —Choice

“This book is recommended not only to those with interests in new phenomenology but also to anyone interested in the ongoing debate and discussion on what relationship, if any, religion should have in the public sphere.” —The Journal of Religion

“This book convincingly argues from epistemological, ethical, ontological, and political angles that the theological turn of new phenomenology might inform contemporary ethics and politics—not despite its ‘God talk,’ but because of it . . . . The book is an invaluable resource for those sorting through the theological turn and for those who hear the call of the Other.” —Sophia

“We do not have many good examples of how continental and analytic philosopher can engage one another in a shared conversation . . . [Simmons] uses the analytic philosophers to state problems or to clarify options, and he then develops an analysis of the continental figures in order to show how the basic framework of the problem or puzzle needs to be revised or altered.” —International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

The New Phenomenology“A rich resource both as a lucid introduction and as a bold interpretation of the thought of Derrida, Levinas, Henry, Marion, and Chr tien as phenomenological “heretics” against the background of Husserl and Heidegger. Careful attention is given to their significance for both the philosophy of religion and the very idea of phenomenology itself. Specific suggestions are made for cross-fertilization between these “continental” thinkers and the “analytic” philosophy of religion, along with proposals for the significance of an essentially descriptive enterprise for normative questions of ethics, politics, and society.” — Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Fordham University

“Simmons and Benson offer us one of the first attempts to survey efforts in France since the early 1960s to break down the alleged barrier between phenomenology and theology. Of particular interest is a rare and welcome move, late in the book, to connect contemporary French philosophy of religion with work being done in the Anglo-American world.” — Jeffrey Bloechl, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

“Benson and Simmons’ The New Phenomenology is a timely addition to current debates in philosophy as well as theology. The book aptly shows the origins and future possibilities of the thought of these new phenomenologists in an overview which spans some of the most compelling thinkers today. Benson and Simmons succeed in making this material highly accessible: all students of phenomenology will greatly benefit from this work.” — Dr. Joeri Schrijvers, KU Leuven, Belgium

Religion with Religion

This pioneering volume explores the philosophical, theological and practical implications of deconstructing religion—and what comes after. Bringing together the most radical insights of contemporary phenomenology and hermeneutics, the authors challenge us to rethink faith in the postmodern agora. A very timely intervention in the ongoing debate about God with and without religion.” Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig (Chair of Philosophy, Boston College)

Kierkegaard and Levinas

“A book of this nature is long overdue.” —Martin Beck Matustik, Purdue University

“Presents a variety of perspectives on the relation of Levinas and Kierkegaard and represents a debate on how to read these two together and against each other.” —Merold Westphal, Fordham University

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