Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This affinity takes perfect shape in a specific form of sociality, wherein the world and God provide one another something each does not already possess. J and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki eds. Continuum Publishing Company,pp.
Is it God that one is approaching in philosophy and theology? Or merely discourses about 'God'? According to Masterson, this ambiguity is necessary. To speak of God is always to speak about pre-philosophical experiences. Thus masterson's book might be viewed primarily as a practice of metaphilosophy insofar as it attempts to think about the primary ways in which 'God-talk' occurs and the entailments regarding people's models of God that such varying talk would yield.
Suggesting that these primary ways are appropriately labeled 'phenomenological,' 'metaphysical,' and theological,' Masterson offers sustained engagements with the representative figures for each approach: The differences between these approaches are a matter of which first principles are in play in each: Ultimately, thought most of this volume is devoted to working through the differences between these approaches, the eventual, complementary account of how they must work together, given human limitations, is quite compelling.
Masterson's clear and lucid meta-philosophical work does encourage such conversations and I applaud his willingness to interrogate assumptions about differences that have often problematically shut down dialogue rather than served as sites of constructive engagement.
Masterson wants to mediate between the three powerful and competing contemporary approaches to the divine — the phenomenological, metaphysical and theological — seeking to find a way to continue talking about God in our bleak, post-confessional landscapes Masterson's careful and challenging engagement with Jean-Luc Marion is a particular highlight of the book.
Overall, Masterson offers an important corrective to postmodern philosophy and theology. He strongly defends the values and insights of the Thomist tradition but also welcomes phenomenological explorations of the human experience of the divine.
The intersection of these three approaches needs to be continuously negotiated. Masterson sees himself as setting out a "roadmap" for a "complex landscape"and he has certainly done this.
He has done so with clarity and conviction. Secondly, a concern to do total justice to a new position such that he works himself inside it and describes it All his books are classics, and we should all practice philosophy as irenically, integrally, and modestly as Masterton.
Approaching God is a elegant account of how we can do both, and it is full of wise and discerning counsel about how to manage such a delicate operation. Starting from a robust defense of Thomistic metaphysics in the face of postmodern critics of onto-theology, Patrick Masterson brings Aquinas into living dialogue with contemporary philosophy, providing in particular an original and extended confrontation of Aquinas's notion of God as subsistent being with Jean-Luc Marion's God without being.
Genteel but magisterial, lucid but deep, generous but critical, this book represents an insightful tour by an erudite and skillful guide of the most daunting questions in philosophy and theology today. Caputo, The Thomas J.
We know that (rough. A highly engaging essay that will draw students into a conversation about the vital relationship between philosophy and theology.
In this clear, concise, and brilliantly engaging essay, renowned philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo addresses the great and classical philosophical questions as they inextricably intersect with theology . Finally, using John D.
Caputo’s radical theology as the principal proponent in this regard, the paper demonstrates a necessary symmetry with Critchley’s faith of the faithless.
In “The Insistence of Religion in Philosophy: An Interview with John D. Caputo,” our questions and Caputo’s answers range across a variety of issues in the continental philosophy of religion.
Most broadly, Caputo discusses the relationship between continental philosophy and religion.
John D. Caputo's ‘ Adieu—sans Dieu: Derrida and Levinas’ (pp.
–) is a characteristically clear and stimulating discussion of the relationship between the two thinkers with particular reference to theology.
Relations: Medieval Theories –, (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, ), p. 1ff. C The Author New Blackfriars C The Dominican Council 6 Thomas Aquinas’ Metaphysics Be that as it may, the key category for understanding both the trinity and creation in Thomas Aquinas’ theology is the category of ‘relation’.