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Dublin Colloquy

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223176.003.0021

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Dublin Colloquy

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In this colloquy, the author explains what attracted him to philosophy, by whom he has been most influenced philosophically, and how he would describe his philosophic position, as well as the role played by the philosopher in politics, and how the image could be ego-driven or could come from the grace or gift of Being, from God. He also discusses his view of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, his own religious views, and his views on imagination, religion, and spirituality. The author considers the question: How can God exist if there are innocent children being tortured? That is one of the key dilemmas he is revisiting in his fiction. He argues that the purist dualism of good and evil can be as damaging to the soul as the relativist equation of both, and that absolutism is as bad for one's health as amoralism. He suggests in his novels and philosophical works that we need an aesthetic imagination and an ethical imagination.

Keywords: philosophy; imagination; God; politics; image; psychoanalysis; psychotherapy; spirituality; religion; dualism

Chapter.  9138 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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