Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York




A survey of and introduction to significant movements in 20th century European philosophy in regard to their consideration of and impact on questions of faith or religion, especially in regard to postmodern culture, the "death" of the subject, and the grounding of rationality. Both explicitly religious thinkers and philosophers with relevance for questions of faith or the possibility of religious experience will be considered.

Tentative Schedule and Readings:

Session #1: Introduction to Continental Philosophy

Reading: John D. Caputo,

Philosophy and Theology (Abingdon, 2006) [Please read this book over the summer.]

Session #2: Postmodernism

Reading: James K. A. Smith,

Session #3: Deconstruction

Reading: John D. Caputo,

Session #4: Deconstruction

Reading: Jean-Luc Nancy,

Session #5: Existentialism

Reading: Karl Jaspers, from

Session #6: Ethics

Reading: Emmanuel Levinas,

Session #7: Hermeneutics

Reading: Merold Westphal,

Session #8: Hermeneutics

Reading: Richard Kearney,

Session #9: Phenomenology

Reading: Dominique Janicaud et al.,

Session #10: Phenomenology

Reading: Jean-Luc Marion,

Session #11: Politics

Reading: Giorgio Agamben,

Session #12: Aesthetics

Reading: Bruce Ellis Benson,

Session #13: Feminism

Reading: Julia Kristeva,

Final Session TBA

Who is Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault to Church (Baker Academic, 2006); Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition (Minnesota, 1984) [excerpt]What Would Jesus Deconstruct? The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church (Baker Academic, 2007); Jacques Derrida, The Gift of Death (Chicago, 2007) [chapters 3 & 4]God, Justice, Love, Beauty (Fordham, 2011)Existenzphilosophie; Gabriel Marcel, Creative Fidelity (Fordham, 2002) [excerpts]Ethics and Infinity (Duquesne, 1985)Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church (Baker Academic, 2009); Ricoeur, "Philosophy and Religious Language," Biblical Hermeneutics," "Naming God"Anatheism: Returning to God After God (Columbia, 2011) [excerpts]Phenomenology and the Theological Turn (Fordham, 2001); Martin Heidegger, "Memorial Address" (from Discourse in Thinking); Edmund Husserl, Interview with Edith SteinThe Visible and the Revealed (Fordham, 2008) [excerpts]; Emmanuel Falque, essay (TBA)The Church and the Kingdom (Seagull, 2012)Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship (Baker Academic, 2013); Jean-Louis Chrétien, Hand to Hand: Listening to the Work of Art (Fordham, 2003) or "Does Beauty say Adieu?"This Incredible Need to Believe (Columbia, 2011); Catherine Clément, The Feminine and the Sacred (Columbia, 2003) [excerpts]; maybe Luce Irigaray, Sharing the World (Continuum, 2008) [excerpts]As far as possible, one copy of all texts will be on reserve in the library.


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