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Being and God

A Systematic Approach in Confrontation with Martin Heidegger, Émmanuel Lévinas, and Jean-Luc Marion

Lorenz

Publication Year: 2011

Being and God argues that defensible philosophical theorization concerning the topic “God” is both possible and necessary within the framework of an adequate systematic philosophy—which must include a theory of Being—but is not possible in the absence of such a framework.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Overview of Contents

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pp. vii-xiv

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvii

The writing of this book is the result of the timely coincidence of two factors. The first factor was an intention of mine further to expand the structural- systematic conception of philosophy, whose general theoretical framework I presented in...

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On Citations

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pp. xix-

To simplify the references and to attain the most optimal available readability, this book uses citations of two types. Works that are cited only rarely or occasionally are identified in footnotes...

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A Note on “Being” and “being”

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pp. xxi-xxii

German and Latin each have two substantives for which English has only one: for both the German Sein and the Latin esse, and for the German Seiendes and the Latin ens, English has only the gerund “being.” Because the distinction between...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-9

There is at present no question so often posed, so differently formulated, so radically misunderstood, and so often wholly inadequately answered as the so-called question of God. The overall goal of this book is to overcome the inadequacies, unclarities, and biases that...

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Chapter 1: Inadequate Approaches to the Question of God

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pp. 11-64

As is well known, the question of God has been presented and addressed in a great many ways, these ways being based in specific modes of discourse. This book concerns only philosophical modes (more precisely: modes that consider themselves to be or designate themselves as philosophical). With respect to the task of attaining clarity...

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Chapter 2: Heidegger’s Thinking of Being: The Flawed Development of a Significant Approach

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pp. 65-144

With respect to the subject matter of this book and the theses it centrally defends, the thought of Martin Heidegger is of decisive significance. Many contemporary philosophical (and theological) discussions of God, especially concerning the relation between...

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Chapter 3: The Structural- Systematic Approach to a Theory of Being and God

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pp. 145-282

As its title indicates, this chapter articulates a systematic conception of this book’s subject matter: Being and God. The chapter shows that only within the framework of a coherent and comprehensive theory of Being as such and as a whole is it possible to develop an adequate conception of God. Chapters 1 and 2 provide the background...

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Chapter 4: Critical Examination of Two Counter positions: Emmanuel Levin as and Jean- Luc Marion

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pp. 283-408

This chapter deals with the most radical counterpositions to the conception presented in chapter 3: contemporary versions of so-called postmodernist Judeo-Christian philosophy and theology. The chapter raises two central objections to these counterpositions. First, by radically rejecting even the project of developing...

Works Cited

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pp. 409-416

Index

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pp. 417-427


E-ISBN-13: 9780810165601
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810127708
Print-ISBN-10: 0810127709

Page Count: 440
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: New
Volume Title: 1