Richard Kearney's Enthusiasm

John D. Caputo

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

Richard Kearney's Enthusiasm

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This chapter discusses the enthusiasm of Richard Kearney. It notes that Richard Kearney is a genuine “enthusiast,” in the genuine sense of the word. His writings are contagiously enthusiastic, charged and exciting, moving and inciting, full of prayers and tears. But Kearney is an enthusiast in the ancient and literal sense of entheos, a man filled with God, driven by a passion for God, and that is the Kearney that is presented here. For Kearney, God is the possibility of all possibilities, the possibility beyond all possibilities. The discussion first sketches the possibility of Kearney's God of possibility, of God as the posse beyond esse. Then it adds a second word about Kearney's enthusiasm, aimed at complicating it, bedeviling it, making it all the more ambiguous and aporetic. It concludes with a description of the khora — the devil that justice demands people give his due.

Keywords: Richard Kearney; enthusiasm; khora; entheos; passion; posse; esse; possibility; God

Chapter.  4030 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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