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On Levinas's Gifts to Christian Theology

Robyn Horner

in The Exorbitant

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230150
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230150.003.0008

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

On Levinas's Gifts to Christian Theology

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This chapter considers some of the ways in which Levinas's thought has been adopted by Christian theologians. The discussion is largely be driven by questions concerning the appropriateness of that adoption rather than its content, for it is conceivable that to incorporate Levinas's work into Christian theological projects at all may be to do it violence. Borrowing from Levinas ultimately brings theology to the point of having to recognize not only its conditions of possibility but also its conditions of impossibility, and that this may be more than many theologians have bargained for.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; Christian theology; God; Jewish theology

Chapter.  9245 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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