Is the Possible Doing Justice to God?

Dominique Janicaud

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

Is the Possible Doing Justice to God?

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This chapter addresses the question: is the possible doing justice to God? The first reply is negative: the possible as a philosophical category cannot do justice to God. The discussion reflects upon the possible as a philosophical category and the eschatological may-be. The answer later changes to maybe provided that one avoids using the possible as a metaphysical category. The chapter suggests the clarification of the difference between a phenomenology and a hermeneutics of the may-be, which would not yet be; an account of various possible versions of a hermeneutical phenomenology of faith and religion; and the retrieval of the highest tradition of ontotheology or the unceasing deconstruction of metaphysics in the manner of Derrida.

Keywords: possible; philosophy; metaphysics; eschatology; ontotheology; phenomenology; hermeneutics; Derrida; God

Chapter.  2741 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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