Maybe, Maybe Not: Richard Kearney and God

William Desmond

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Maybe, Maybe Not: Richard Kearney and God

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This chapter notes a few systematic considerations that arise in Kearney's discourse. It remarks on three points: how the question of God comes up; the question of the nature of possibility with reference to God; the erotics of God, and agapeic possibilizing power. The discussion distinguishes six different senses of possibility or creative possibilizing: possibility with respect to origin; possibility with respect to creation; possibility with respect to coming to be, what creation effects; possibility with respect to becoming; a further sense of possibilizing might be connected to selfbecoming; and finally, a sense of the possible emergent beyond self-becoming in which the other possibilizes a freedom released beyond powers of self-determination. The chapter ends with some remarks on the erotics of Kearney's God. This is related intimately to the theme of the possible, and the theme of the “lover” and the “theorist”.

Keywords: erotics; possibility; Richard Kearney; creation; becoming; lover; God; possibilizing power; theorist

Chapter.  10457 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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