Richard Kearney's Anatheistic Wager

Philosophy, Theology, Poetics

Edited by Chris Doude van Troostwijk and Matthew Clemente

Contributions by Patrick Burke, Richard Colledge, Pierre Drouot, Emmanuel Falque, Theo Hettema, Sarah Horton, Richard Kearney, L. Callid Keefe-Perry, Julia Kristeva, Marianne Moyaert, Joseph O'Leary, Helgard Meyer Pretorius, Shelly Rambo, Jacob Rogozinski, Brian Treanor and James N. Wood

by Pierre Drouot

Published by: Indiana University Press

312 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253034007
  • Published: April 2018


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  • 9780253034038
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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.