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Richard Kearney is one of the leading global thinkers in both Continental philosophy and post-metaphysical philosophy of religion. He is an esteemed Irish professor in philosophy, currently teaching at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA. Professor Kearney visited South Africa in May as joint visiting academic of the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and North-West. The visit prompted the publication of this scholarly collected work, authored by South African and international scholars. These specialists in philosophy and religious studies analysed Kearney’s influential work and brought his scholarly perspectives into dialogue with other leading thinkers in the field, both from Africa and abroad. This publication will be the first collective attempt to engage his work from the perspective of the African continent. This collected work contributes significantly in an interdisciplinary way to Ricoeurdian studies. The target audience of the book is peers and specialists in the field of Continental philosophy and philosophy of religion. None of the chapters contains plagiarism. Twelve of the 16 chapters are completely original and have never been published before. Four of the 16 chapters are based on formerly published material but have been substantially reworked with a changed scope and objectives. They are:
- Aspects of Pieter Duvenage’s chapter, entitled ‘Phenomenology in South Africa: An indirect encounter with Richard Kearney’.
- Sections in Yolande Steenkamp’s chapter, entitled ‘Kearney between poles: Is too much lost in the middle?’ have been reworked from her Master of Divinity dissertation (2011), as well as from her Master of Theology dissertation (2012), later published by Scholarium (2014).
- Some of the analyses in the introductory part of the collected work, authored by Schalk Gerber, and titled ‘Strangers, Gods and Africa: In dialogue with Richard Kearney on Otherness’, have similarities with an article, published under the Creative Commons licence (cf. Gerber, S. H., 2018. ‘From dis-enclosure to decolonisation: In dialogue with Nancy and Mbembe on self-determination and the Other’, Religions 9).
- Excerpts from the chapter co-authored by Daniël P. Veldsman and Mirella Klomp titled ‘After God but behind the Cross: The procession as a way to re-encounter God in a culture beyond classical liturgy’ were published in a non-Department of Higher Education and Training accredited journal (cf. Studia Liturgica 47/1, 15–29) and in a section of a book published by Rowman and Littlefield (London).
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