Richard Kearney's Anatheistic Wager

Philosophy, Theology, Poetics

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Christian Doude van Troostwijk, Matthew Clemente
Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , April
     312 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mark Novak forthcoming.


Philosopher Blaise Pascal famously insisted that it was better to wager belief in God than to risk eternal damnation. More recently, Richard Kearney has offered a wager of his own--the anatheistic wager, or return to God after the death of God. In this volume, an international group of contributors consider what Kearney's spiritual wager means. They question what is at stake with such a wager and what anatheism demands of the self and of others. The essays explore the dynamics of religious anatheistic performativity, its demarcations and limits, and its motives. A recent interview with Kearney focuses on crucial questions about philosophy, theology, and religious commitment. As a whole, this volume interprets and challenges Kearney's philosophy of religion and its radical impact on contemporary views of God.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christian Doude van Troostwijk is Professor of Philosophy and Philosophical Ethics at the Luxemburg School of Religion and Society (Luxembourg) and Visiting Professor for Liberal Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Matthew Clemente is Teaching Fellow at Boston College specializing in philosophy of religion and contemporary continental thought. He is author of Out of the Storm: A Novella and is editor (with Richard Kearney) of The Art of Anatheism.

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