Groundless Gods deals with possible interpretations of an emerging interest in contemporary theology: post-metaphysical theology. The authors grapple with what metaphysics and post-metaphysics imply, and also with what it could mean to write theology from the standpoint of the non-metaphysician. The book asks, for instance, whether this world has any singular definition, and whether God is some being standing apart from the world or an experience within the world.
List of Contributors
Metaphysics, Its Critique, and Post-Metaphysical Theology: An Introductory Essay
Hartmut von Sass and Eric E. Hall
Part I: The Concept of Post-Metaphysics
1. Theology without Metaphysics?
2. How Much Metaphysics Can Theology Tolerate?
3. Can Christian Theologians Reason Post-Metaphysically? Jürgen Habermas and the Semblance of Intellectual Virtue
Jacob L. Goodson
Part II: Essays in Post-Metaphysical Theology
4. Two Varieties of Active Unbelief
5. Simone Weil – A Postmetaphysical Thinker? Some Reflections on How to Interpret Her Work
6. Disclosure and Disruption: Charles Taylor’s Post-Metaphysical Philosophy of Religion
7. Messianic Events: From Critical Deconstruction to Loving Critique
Eric E. Hall
8. Faith and Being: Hermeneutical Theology as Post-Metaphysical Enterprise
Hartmut von Sass
Part III: Theology and Its Metaphysical “Revival”?
9. Theology and Metaphysics: Friends, Rivals, or Enemies? Spotlights on Albrecht Ritschl’s Struggle with Metaphysics
10. On the Possibility of a Metaphysical Theology after Onto-Theology
11. Revelation and Resistance: On Phenomenology as Metaphysics in Charles Sanders Peirce and Hermann Deuser
Endorsements and Reviews
The concept of an end of metaphysics belongs to the most influential as well as controversial ideas of 20th-century philosophy, with repercussions in related fields such as theology. This timely and wellconceived volume offers essential guidance in current debates and their intellectual backgrounds.
Johannes Zachhuber, Trinity College, Oxford
Von Sass and Hall have assembled a powerful group of established and emerging philosophical theologians from Europe and North America. This book boldly addresses a faith that is freed from its traditional ‘man-behind-the-curtain’ metaphysics. As theology moves into a postmetaphysical age in order to account for 21st-century religious praxis, this anthology leads the way.
Brad Elliott Stone, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA