This collection addresses the perennial philosophical and theological issues of human finitude and the potentiality for evil. The contributors approach these issues from perspectives in Continental philosophy relating to phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, rabbinical traditions, drawing upon the work of Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, and Paul Ricoeur. While centering on the traditional theme of theodicy, this volume is also oriented to the phenomenology of religion, with contributions across religions and intellectual traditions.
Bruce Ellis Benson is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola Marymount University and Executive Director of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology. Recent publications include Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship (Baker Academic, 2013) and The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), co-authored with J. Aaron Simmons. He is the author or editor of twelve books, and serves as an editor of the Eerdmans book series "Prophetic Christianity."
B. Keith Putt is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University. He is co-editor of The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion (Indiana UP, 2014) and editor of Gazing Through a Prism Darkly: Reflections on Merold Westphal's Hermeneutical Epistemology (Fordham UP, 2009). He has authored several articles on deconstruction, hermeneutics, and Philosophy of Religion, primarily focusing on the post-secular thought of John D. Caputo.
Chapter One: IntroductionChapter Two: The Concept of Anxiety and KantChapter Three: Are Finite and Infinite Love the Same? Erich Przywara and Jean-Luc Marion of Analogy and UnivocityChapter Four: The World Seen from the OutsideChapter Five: Between the Homunculus Fallacy and Angelic Cognitive Dissonance in the Explanation of Evil: Milton's Poetry and Luzzatto's KabalaChapter Six: Evil and FinitudeChapter Seven: Philosophy and Theology: Emmanuel Falque and the New Theological TurnChapter Eight: Embracing Finitude: Falque's Phenomenology of the SufferingChapter Nine: On Hanosis: Kierkegaard on the Move from Objectivity to Subjectivity in the Sin of DavidChapter Ten: Kierkegaardian Deconstruction and the Paradoxes of FaitChapter Eleven: Paul Ricoeur on Mythic-Symbolic Language: Towards a Post-Theodical Understanding of the Problem of EvilChapter Twelve :The Fault of Forgiveness: Fragility and Memory of Evil in Volf and RicoeurChapter Thirteen: Circulus Vitiosus Existentiae: Ricoeur's Circular Hermeneutics of Evil