Richard Kearney's Anatheistic Wager (Hardcover)

Philosophy, Theology, Poetics

By Chris Doude Van Troostwijk (Editor), Matthew Clemente (Editor), Patrick Burke (Contribution by)

Indiana University Press, 9780253034007, 312pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2018

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Philosopher Blaise Pascal famously insisted that it was better to wager belief in God than to risk eternal damnation. More recently, Richard Kearney has offered a wager of his own--the anatheistic wager, or return to God after the death of God. In this volume, an international group of contributors consider what Kearney's spiritual wager means. They question what is at stake with such a wager and what anatheism demands of the self and of others. The essays explore the dynamics of religious anatheistic performativity, its demarcations and limits, and its motives. A recent interview with Kearney focuses on crucial questions about philosophy, theology, and religious commitment. As a whole, this volume interprets and challenges Kearney's philosophy of religion and its radical impact on contemporary views of God.

About the Author

Matthew Clemente holds the position of Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Boston College. He is an Adjunct Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at Newbury College (Massachusetts) and is the author of Out of the Storm: A Novella.Chris Doude van Troostwijk is Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Luxemburg School of Religion and Society (Luxembourg), and Affiliated Researcher and Lecturer at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the University of Strasbourg (France).