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Religions 2016, 7(7), 83; doi:10.3390/rel7070083

Passing through Customs: Merold Westphal, Richard Kearney, and the Methodological Boundaries between Philosophy of Religion and Theology

School of Philosophy, North-West University Potchefstroom, Potchefstroom 2790, South Africa
Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 25 April 2016 / Revised: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 25 June 2016
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Continental philosophers of religion and the theologians who engage with them have recently began to blur the lines between the disciplines of philosophy and theology. This is particularly true after the so-called “theological turn” in phenomenology. I argue for an appreciation of their approaches but will also express that these explorations must remain interdisciplinary. Far too often philosophers and theologians alike appropriate freely within their interdisciplinary research with little regard for the presuppositions and methodologies latent within their appropriations. This article will demonstrate these appropriations through an exploration of Merold Westphal and Richard Kearney’s use of hermeneutical phenomenology, and will claim that their use of this methodology falls upon two distinct discourses, a theological one for Westphal and a philosophical one for Kearney. The upshot of this exploration is an argument for a renewal of methodological restraint when appropriating from other disciplines and a respect for the difference between academic disciplines. View Full-Text
Keywords: Richard Kearney; Merold Westphal; Paul Ricoeur; fundamental theology; philosophy of religion; interdisciplinary research Richard Kearney; Merold Westphal; Paul Ricoeur; fundamental theology; philosophy of religion; interdisciplinary research
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Sands, J. Passing through Customs: Merold Westphal, Richard Kearney, and the Methodological Boundaries between Philosophy of Religion and Theology. Religions 2016, 7, 83.

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