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God as Otherwise Than Being: Toward a Semantics of the Gift
by Calvin Schrag
Northwestern University Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-8101-1922-2 | Paper: 978-0-8101-1923-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-2189-8
Library of Congress Classification BT103.S37 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 211

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Speaking as one of the founders of American Continental philosophy, Calvin O. Schrag offers an exceptionally clear, balanced, and informative discussion of a complex questions vexing postmodern currents of philosophical and theological reflection: Does the "death" of the god conceived as a "highest being" in Western, and especially modern, traditions open a new space within which to rethink God in terms of a "gift" or "giving" that would stand beyond the usual spate of metaphysical categories?

Schrag draws with grace, ease, and precision upon the history of Western metaphysics, from Plato and Aristotle through Nietzsche and Heidegger. Most important to his central question of God as "otherwise than Being," however, are such influential post-Heideggerian thinkers as Jean-Luc Marion, Jacques Derrida, and Emmanuel Levinas. Schrag's inquiry engages these thinkers at a serious level and also expands recent discussions by relating them to the work of figures hitherto overlooked or underplayed, most notably Paul Tillich.

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