Category Archives: Philosophy

I’ll Give YOU a Grammatological Contour – Theopoetics in John Caputo’s “The Insistence of God”

This post is part of a blog tour around John Caputo’s latest book – The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps. Check out this link to see lots of other folks weighing in on this book. My post engages Chapter 4 “The Insistence of God.” I was sent copy of the book as part of […]

Elaine Scarry’s “On Beauty and Being Just”

As part of my reading project to get more acquainted with the field of aesthetics, I read this weird little number from Elaine Scarry: On Beauty and Being Just. Cribbing from wikipedia, I know that Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, which means at least some […]

A Critique of Fitch’s Use of Master-Signifier (kinda)

    This week I spent some time over at North Eastern Seminary's event "Ministry Conference on The Radical Future of the Church: Forming Congregations for Mission with Dr. David Fitch." I'd previously reviewed Fitch's book here on TIoF and was amped up by the kind of work that he was doing, so I decided […]

Aesthetics, Embodiment, Dualism, and a Reading List

  Info about Kant's Aesthetics is here and here.   My Reading List Berleant, Arnold. “Aesthetic Embodiment.” Online here. Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth.Theological Aesthetics: A Reader Johnson, Mark.The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding. Scarry, Elaine. On Beauty and Being Just. Adorno, Theodor. Aesthetic Theory. Kehl, Medard.The Von Balthasar Reader. Oliver, Kelly. Ed. Psychoanalysis, […]

Caputo’s Hyperrealism – The Caputo Cache

This post is centered around a phone interview that I did with John Caputo about the issue of hyperrealism.  Click "phone interview" to get the MP3. The question that I open asking references his book, The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event, and is specifically about this passage. I compare how Caputo uses […]

On the Road Theopoetics

Lots of things in this one… The QUIP Quaker Writers conference was held to coincide with the release of this book (which I have a few things in). The Center for Process Studies at Claremont hosted the Theopoetics and the Divine Manifold conference , at which, most academically noteable for me (at this moment), were Catherine […]

Postmodernity, Hermeneutics, and the Second Naïveté

This morning, Tony Jones published on his blog the contents of a chapter he wrote for The Justice Project. In it he discusses the utility of some aspects of postmodern thought to the faithful Christian.  His particular consideration of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur and the hermeneutic of humility prompted me to add on to […]

Žižek, Narrative, and Transformation

Over at his blog, Matt Gallion raised some interesting questions, via a comment from Slavoj Žižek, about the role of narrative in our thinking.  Long story short, the question seemed to me to be about effective and persuasive communication:  Are we best served by prosaic and uber-clear communication, or is there something to be said […]