Richard Kearney: Postmodern Charity

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Richard Kearney: Postmodern Charity

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Finally, Chapter 13 engages the work of Richard Kearney and asserts that it is best understood as a kind of postmodern charity. Kearney’s deeply hermeneutic work seeks to articulate a God of possibility and promise who is incarnated in our care for the poor and marginalized. The themes of hospitality and welcome to the stranger are central to Kearney’s work. The chapter sets forth his proposal for a God of “loving possibility” and his micro-eschatological “anatheistic retrieval,” which makes possible thinking God “after God” and in the “littlest things” of mundane reality. The book concludes by considering the similarities and parallels between these various projects and wondering what this may mean for speaking of the divine and religious experience today.

Keywords: Kearney; micro-eschatology; anatheism; fourth reduction; possibility; charity

Chapter.  9682 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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