Quis ergo Amo cum Deum Meum Amo?

Brian Treanor

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

Quis ergo Amo cum Deum Meum Amo?

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This chapter deals with the continental philosophy's concern for otherness. The Infinite, the Other, the impossible, and so on orient themselves around the incommensurability of the other with the self. The other, qua other, cannot be accounted for by the same. Unlike the patterns of Kantian, Hegelian, Husserlian, or Heideggerian accounts of the other, the postmodern account of the other is concerned with encountering the otherness of the other, not the other as comprehended or categorized by the same. This concern for otherness manifests itself in both ethical and theological thought. In the course of thinking about otherness, postmodern thinkers have availed themselves of the rich tradition associated with the Augustine of the Confessions. The retrieval of Augustine's question, “What do I love when I love my God?” has proven to be fertile ground for the postmodern consideration of otherness, impossibility, faith, and religion.

Keywords: infinite; otherness; postmodernism; Confessions; Augustine; impossibility; faith; religion; ethics; theology

Chapter.  6298 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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