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Theology Without Metaphysics: God, Language, and the Spirit of Recognition
One of the central arguments of post-metaphysical theology is that language is inherently 'metaphysical' and consequently that it shoehorns objects into predetermined categories. Because God is beyond such categories, it follows that language cannot apply to God. Drawing on recent work in theology and philosophy of language, Kevin Hector develops an alternative account of ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 15th 2011)
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This is a brilliant book, clearly argued, even if I am uncertain whether I agree with the overall approach/conclusions. Hector provides an account of "God-talk" that attempts to address the idolatrous potential of "metaphysical" speech about God without resorting to an apophatic approach that results in distance between God and the language we use of God (and so, possible alienation). His "therapeutic" approach is pursued via Schleiermacher and a pragmatic account of language use, which emphasiz ...more
Hector provides a fascinating critique of current apophatic trends in Systematic Theology by developing a "therapeutic" account of reference that seeks to undercut the essentialist theories of language in theological discourse. Hector's work is provocative and fascinating, and I think it deserves a much more careful read at some later date on my end.