Transforming Philosophy and Religion

Transforming Philosophy & Religion: Love’s Wisdom

Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
Edited by: Bruce Ellis Benson and Norman Wirzba
Publisher: Indiana University Press | On the web
Year: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-21958-9

Transforming Philosophy & Religion cover 200 x 300Norman 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.

An excerpt from the Introduction of the edited work:

There are many books on the morality of love. In studies of that sort, philosophers and theologians turn their analytical skills to an examination of love’s nature and extent as well as its inspiration and concrete expression.  […]

The essays gathered in this volume, however, are focused on something substantially different: describing how various expressions of philosophical and theological reflection are transformed by the discipline of love. Rather than turning attention immediately to how reflection on love engages and transforms our world, this book focuses on how the practice of love engages and transforms our reflection.

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Table of Contents

Introduction | Norman Wirzba and Bruce Ellis Benson

Part 1. The Nature of the Quest
1. The Primacy of Love | Norman Wirzba
2. The Economies of Knowledge and Love in Paul | Bruce Ellis Benson
3. Love, This Lenient Interpreter: On the Complexity of a Life | Edward Mooney

Part 2. Justice
4. A Love as Strong as Death: Ricoeur’s Reading of the Song of Songs | Mark Gedney
5. Paul Ricoeur and the Possibility of Just Love | Christopher Watkin
6. Why There Is No Either/Or in Works of Love: A Kantian Defense of Kierkegaardian (Christian) Unconditional Love | Bertha Alvarez Manninen
7. Living by Love: A Quasi-Apostolic carte postale on Love in Itself, If There Is Such a Thing | John D. Caputo

Part 3. The Sacred
8. A Love that B(l)inds: Reflections on an Agapic Agnosticism | B. Keith Putt
9. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder | Brian Treanor
10. Creation Ex Amore | James Olthuis
11. Militant Love: Zizek and the Christian Legacy | Tyler Roberts
12. Love as a Declaration of War? On the Absolute Character of Love in Jean-Luc Marion’s Phenomenology of Eros | Christina M. Gschwandtner

Part 4. Rethinking Humanity
13. Liberating Love’s Capabilities: On the Wisdom of Love | Pamela Sue Anderson
14. The Genesis of Love: An Irigarayan Reading | Ruthanne S. Pierson Crápo
15. You’d Better Find Somebody to Love: Toward a Kierkegaardian Bioethic | Amy Laura Hall