Divinity and Alterity

Felix Ó Murchadha

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

Divinity and Alterity

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This chapter discusses divinity and alterity. Divinity and alterity have haunted phenomenology since its beginnings. The fourth reduction draws on these themes that are already to be found in Kearney's Strangers, Gods, and Monsters. The discussion poses three questions of Strangers, Gods and Monsters. The first is methodological, concerning the place of philosophy in the project of the book. It suggests that Kearney's hermeneutics is committed to a concept of philosophy as practical, and that this colors his debate with Levinas and Derrida. The second question deals with the basis on which he criticizes these “prophets of absolute alterity.” The third question examines the account of Heidegger's last gods. The chapter argues that Kearney sees philosophy as having practical efficacy in the light of extraphilosophical commitments, commitments to some version of the Judeo–Christian god. This commitment is assumed rather than defended in his critique of Heidegger.

Keywords: fourth reduction; Richard Kearney; hermeneutics; prophets; last gods; Judeo-Christian god; divinity; alterity; philosophy; Martin Heidegger

Chapter.  3991 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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