Special Issue "In Anticipation: Eschatology and Transcendence in Contemporary Contexts"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2016).
Interests: continental philosophy of religion; fundamental theology; metaphysics; cultural studies
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This special issue of the journal, Religions, seeks to explore the connections between eschatology and transcendence within contemporary philosophical-theological debates. This issue will inquire into the convergence or interrelation between the concepts of transcendence and eschatology and how they have developed within contemporary, primarily Continental, thought. On the one hand, thinkers within a hermeneutical-phenomenological context have made a theological turn to re-evaluate concepts of transcendence after the critique of metaphysics. On the other, political philosophers have explored how eschatology(-ies) undergird societal structures that situate the self into a larger, historical context. Within the former discussion, concepts such as radical transcendence and immanent transcendence – or even a so-called end to transcendence – have arisen as possible re-orientations after onto-theology. Within the latter, the eschatological promise of the impossible becoming possible, or an end to history, have arisen as motivating principles behind the foundational intuitions and concepts in society.
This special issue of Religions thus provides a forum for academics from various academic backgrounds to discuss these interrelated issues. We therefore structure the issue around following:
Introduction: Justin Sands, “The Anticipation between Eschatology and Transcendence”
Part 1, Time: History and Eschatology
- The End and Today: Eschatology in Temporality – How does eschatology, and the eschatological hope, influence our understanding of history?
- Jason Alvis (University of Vienna, Austria), “Transcendence of the Negative: Günter Anders’ Apocalyptic Phenomenology”
- Patrick Ryan Cooper (St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana), “Poor, Wayfaring Stranger: Eric Peterson’s Apocalyptic and Public Witness Against Christian Embourgoisement”
- Bradley Onishi (Skidmore College, New York), “Transcendence as Indistinction in Eckhart and Heidegger”
- The End and Tomorrow: Hope in Eschatology – In light of the past, how does eschatology speak to a possible future without violence?
- Aaron Simmons (Furman University, South Carolina), “Living Joyfully after Losing Social Hope: Kierkegaard and Chrétien on Selfhood and Eschatological Expectation”
- Robert Vosloo (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), “Time Out of Joint and Future-Oriented Memory: Engaging Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Search for a way to Deal Responsibly with the Ghosts of the Past”
- Colby Dickinson (Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois), “Fragmented, Messianic, Paradoxical, Antinomian, Revolutionary, Secular: The Hermeneutics of Eschatology”
Part 2, World: Subjectivity and Transcendence
- The End and the Self: Immanence and Transcendence – How does the self’s experience of (possible) transcendence influences its perceptions of a so-called immanent reality?
- Anné Verhoef (North-West University – Potchefstroom, South Africa), “Transimmanence and the Im/possible Relationship between Eschatology and Transcendence”
- Schalk Gerber (Stellenbosh University, South Africa) and Willem Lodewikus van der Merwe (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands), “On the Paradox of the Political/Transcendence and Eschatology: Transimmanence and the Promise of Love in Jean-Luc Nancy”
- Nathan Eric Dickman (Young-Harris College, Georgia), “Transcendence Un-extraordinaire: Bringing the Atheistic I Down to Earth”
- The End and the World: Transcendence in Temporality – How does the intellectual concept of transcendence translate to everyday being-in-the-world?
- Keith Putt (Samford University, Alabama), “‘The No to Nothing, and the Nothing to Know’: Immanent Transcendence as Eschatological Mystery”
- Ulrich Schmiedel (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany), “Transcending the Other – Othering the Transcendent: Richard Kearney and Jacques Derrida”
- Justin Sands (North-West University – Potchefstroom, South Africa), “After Onto-Theology: What Lies Beyond ‘The End of Everything’”
Conclusion: Justin Sands, “Points of Contact: Eschatology and Transcendence Us”
Dr. Justin Sands
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