Transforming Philosophy and Religion: Love's Wisdom

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Norman Wirzba, Bruce Ellis Benson
Indiana University Press, 2008 - Philosophy - 263 pages

Norman Wirzba, Bruce Ellis Benson, and an international group of philosophers and theologians describe how various expressions of philosophy are transformed by the discipline of love. What is at stake is how philosophy colors and shapes the way we receive and engage each other, our world, and God. Focusing primarily on the Continental tradition of philosophy of religion, the work presented in this volume engages thinkers such as St. Paul, Meister Eckhart, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur, Derrida, Marion, Zizek, Irigaray, and Michele Le Doeuff. Emerging from the book is a complex definition of the wisdom of love which challenges how we think about nature, social justice, faith, gender, creation, medicine, politics, and ethics.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Nature of the Quest
13
The Primacy of Love
15
The Economies of Knowledge and Love in Paul
28
Love This Lenient Interpreter On the Complexity of a Life
42
Justice
61
A Love as Strong as Death Ricoeurs Reading of the Song of Songs
63
Paul Ricoeur and the Possibility of Just Love
73
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
142
Creatio Ex Amore
155
Militant Love Zizek and the Christian Legacy
171
Love as a Declaration of War? On the Absolute Character of Love in JeanLuc Marions Phenomenology of Eros
185
Rethinking Humanity
199
Liberating Loves Capabilities On the Wisdom of Love
201
The Genesis of Love An Irigarayan Reading
227
Youd Better Find Somebody to Love Toward a Kierkegaardian Bioethic
239

Why There Is No EitherOr in Works of Love A Kantian Defense of Kierkegaardian Christian Unconditional Love
84
Living by Love A QuasiApostolic carte postale on Love in Itself If There Is Such a Thing
103
The Sacred
119
A Love That Blinds Reflections on an Agapic Agnosticism
121
List of Contributors
257
Index
259
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Norman Wirzba is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Georgetown College. He is author of The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and editor (with Bruce Ellis Benson) of The Phenomenology of Prayer.

Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wheaton College. He is author of Pious Nietzsche (IUP, 2007). He is editor (with Kevin Vanhoozer and James K. A. Smith) of Hermeneutics at the Crossroads (IUP, 2006).

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