Original Research - Special Collection: SASRF The resurgence of metaphysics in science, philosophy and theology

Of poetics and possibility: Richard Kearney’s post-metaphysical God

Yolande Steenkamp
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4689 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4689 | © 2017 Yolande Steenkamp | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 June 2017 | Published: 24 November 2017

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Yolande Steenkamp, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria,, South Africa

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This article provides an overview of Richard Kearney’s attempt at re-imagining God post-metaphysically. In the context of a continental dialogue on the topic, Kearney has responded to onto-theology with a hermeneutic and phenomenologically informed attempt to rethink God post-metaphysically. This eschatological understanding of God is expounded in the article and is placed in relation to Kearney’s more recent concept of Anatheism. The article closes with a few remarks on what may be gained by Kearney’s work, as well as outlining a few critical questions.


Post-metaphysical philosophy of religion; God Who May Be; Possibility; Onto-theology; Richard Kearney


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