Appropriating Postmodernism<sup>1</sup>

Merold Westphal

in Overcoming Onto-Theology

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221301
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235483 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Appropriating Postmodernism1

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This chapter addresses another way in which postmodernism is often seen to be wholly antithetical to Christian theism. “Appropriating postmodernism” is the name of the alternative strategy it proposes, one that seeks a middle way between the total rejection of the refusenik and the equally uncritical jumping on the bandwagon of politically correct fad. The finitude of human thought is sometimes expressed in the slogan, “The truth is that there is no Truth”. The chapter argues that this claim stems from placing the analysis in an atheistic context. But if the first premise is combined with a theistic premise, the result will be: The truth is that there is Truth, but not for us, only for God. This is the appropriation or recontextualizing of the hermeneutics of finitude that the chapter proposes.

Keywords: Truth; postmodernism; hermeneutics of finitude; theistic premise; human thought

Chapter.  5372 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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