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Theology without Metaphysics
God, Language, and the Spirit of Recognition

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521279703

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  • One of the central arguments of post-metaphysical theology is that language is inherently 'metaphysical' and consequently that it shoehorns objects into predetermined categories. Because God is beyond such categories, it follows that language cannot apply to God. Drawing on recent work in theology and philosophy of language, Kevin Hector develops an alternative account of language and its relation to God, demonstrating that one need not choose between fitting God into a metaphysical framework, on the one hand, and keeping God at a distance from language, on the other. Hector thus elaborates a 'therapeutic' response to metaphysics: given the extent to which metaphysical presuppositions about language have become embedded in common sense, he argues that metaphysics can be fully overcome only by defending an alternative account of language and its application to God, so as to strip such presuppositions of their apparent self-evidence and release us from their grip.

    • Proposes a new understanding of theological language by combining the best recent work in theology and in philosophy of language
    • Introduces a novel approach to post-metaphysical theology, developing an alternative account of language and its relation to God
    • Traces a path between various discourses, including theology, analytic philosophy, 'Continental' philosophy and critical social theory
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    "This is an important and rich book, manifesting sophistication and learning in spades."
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    "… one of the best books of philosophical theology in the last decade."
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521279703
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Therapy for metaphysics
    2. Concepts, rules, and the spirit of recognition
    3. Meaning and meanings
    4. Reference and presence
    5. Truth and correspondence
    6. Emancipating theology

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Philosophy of Language and Interpretation
  • Author

    Kevin W. Hector, University of Chicago
    Kevin Hector is Assistant Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His essays have appeared in Modern Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, the Scottish Journal of Theology, the Journal of Religion and Expository Times.

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