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Religions 2017, 8(2), 28; doi:10.3390/rel8020028

On the Paradox of the Political/Transcendence and Eschatology: Transimmanence and the Promise of Love in Jean-Luc Nancy

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Department of Philosophy, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch 7602, South Africa
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Faculties of Theology and Humanities, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Received: 1 December 2016 / Revised: 31 January 2017 / Accepted: 14 February 2017 / Published: 20 February 2017
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The debate on the possibility of re-thinking transcendence at the so-called end or closure of the metaphysical tradition and its relation to the political is situated at the heart of contemporary continental philosophy of religion. This article engages the debate by reviewing what is to be thought or anticipated at the closure. Firstly, the problem of engaging with transcendence at the closure of metaphysics is outlined as a discussion on what is possibly meant by the end of transcendence and onto-theology. Subsequently, the question concerning the political and its inseparable relation to transcendence is sketched and denoted by the phrase “the political/transcendence”. Secondly, Levinas’ and Nancy’s respective attempts at addressing the problem are explored in the form of a debate, with the outcome suggesting a possible gesture towards Nancy’s reconception of transcendence as transimmanence, found in his notion of “the promise of love”, on “how” to anticipate rather than “what” to anticipate in these end times. View Full-Text
Keywords: transcendence; the political; eschatology; transimmanence; onto-theology; Jean-Luc Nancy; Emmanuel Levinas; Martin Heidegger transcendence; the political; eschatology; transimmanence; onto-theology; Jean-Luc Nancy; Emmanuel Levinas; Martin Heidegger
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Gerber, S.H.; van der Merwe, W.L. On the Paradox of the Political/Transcendence and Eschatology: Transimmanence and the Promise of Love in Jean-Luc Nancy. Religions 2017, 8, 28.

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