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The Devil's Whore
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Martin Luther's disdain for philosophy is well known, and the Lutheran theological tradition has been wary of its constructs. Yet the tradition also includes philosophical giants-from Melanchthon to Schleiermacher to Kierkegaard and even Nietzsche. This volume assumes that such skepticism about reason actually opened up new ways of doing and seeing philosophy.

Philosophers, theologians, and historians assess the paradox and achievements of philosophy in the Lutheran vein. In their important exploration in the history of ideas, they not only probe the roots and branches of Luther's own ambivalence toward philosophy, they also draw illuminating connections between his revolutionary theology and the development of European continental philosophy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Editor's Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One. Philosophy and Luther
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Philosophical Modes of Thoughtof Luther’s Theology as an Object of Inquiry
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 2. Does Luther Have a "Waxen Nose"? Historical and Philosophical Contextualizations of Luther
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 3. "Putting on the Neighbor": The Ciceronian Impulse in Luther’s Christian Approach to Practical Reason
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. 4. Luther and Augustine—Revisited
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. 5. Whore or Handmaid? Luther and Aquinas on the Function of Reason in Theology
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. 6. Luther’s "Atheism"
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. 7. Luther’s Philosophy of Language
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 8. Philipp Melanchthon: The First Lutheran Philosopher
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. Part Two. Luther’s Impact on Continental Philosophy
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. 9. Reasoning Faithfully: Leibniz on Reason’s Triumph of Faith and Love
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 10. The Means of Revolution: Luther and Kant on the Function of the Law
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. 11. Faith, Freedom, Conscience: Luther, Fichte, and the Principle of Inwardness
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 12. Hegel and Luther on the Finite and the Infinite
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. 13. "Faith Creates the Deity": Luther and Feuerbach
  2. pp. 107-114
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  1. 14. Søren Kierkegaard; Between Skepticism and Faith’s Happy Passion
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. 15. Delicious Despair and Nihilism: Luther, Nietzsche, and the Task of Living Philosophically
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. 16. Heidegger’s Existential Domestication of Luther
  2. pp. 131-140
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  1. Part Three. The Lutheran Philosopher Today
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 17. The Vocation of a Philosopher
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. 18. Lutheran Environmental Philosophy
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 19. Luther and Philosophy in a Scientific Age
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. 20. Queering Kenosis: Luther and Foucault on Power and Identity
  2. pp. 163-170
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  1. 21. Philosophical Kinship: Luther, Schleiermacher, and Feminists on Reason
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. 22. Provocateur for the Common Good: Reflections on the Vocation of an Academic Philosopher
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. 23. Luther and the Vocation of Public Philosophy
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. Epilogue: The Quandary of Lutheran Philosophy
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-247
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