Debating Otherness with Richard Kearney: Perspectives from South Africa

Volume editor
Yolande Steenkamp
Volume editor
Daniël P. Veldsman

Synopsis

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[4]).

- 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[2017], 15–29) and in a section of a book published by Rowman and Littlefield (London).

Chapters

  • Introduction: Wrestling and arguing with God: Between insider and outsider African perspectives
    Yolande Steenkamp, Daniël P. Veldsman
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Richard Kearney’s intellectual autobiography: Where do you come from, Richard Kearney?
    Justin Sands
  • Chapter 2: Where I speak from: A short intellectual autobiography
    Richard Kearney
  • Chapter 3: Phenomenology in South Africa: An indirect encounter with Richard Kearney
    Pieter Duvenage
  • Chapter 4: Transcendence and anatheism
    Anné H. Verhoef
  • Chapter 5: Response to Richard Kearney’s Anatheism: Anatheism and holy folly
    Johann-Albrecht Meyhlahn
  • Chapter 6: Kearney between poles: Is too much lost in the middle?
    Yolande Steenkamp
  • Chapter 7: Strangers, Gods and Africa: In dialogue with Richard Kearney on Otherness
    Schalk H. Gerber
  • Chapter 8: Approaching the threshold: Hospitality as a pedagogical wager in the work of Richard Kearney
    Helgard Pretorius
  • Chapter 9: God-talk, the biblical prophets and Richard Kearney
    Daniël P. Veldsman
  • Chapter 10: A ‘strange’ theology: Engaging with Richard Kearney
    Wessel Bentley
  • Chapter 11: Trinitarian theology and Richard Kearney’s anatheism: An engagement
    Rian Venter
  • Chapter 12: After God but behind the Cross: The procession as a way to re-encounter God in a culture beyond classical liturgy
    Daniël P. Veldsman, Mirella Klomp
  • Chapter 13: Touch gives rise to thought: Paul Ricoeur and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela on mutual recognition and carnal hermeneutics
    Robert Vosloo
  • Chapter 14: Towards hospitality between enemies
    Wilhelm Verwoerd
  • Chapter 15: Across oceans: A conversation on Otherness, hospitality and welcoming a strange God
    Daniël P. Veldsman, Yolande Steenkamp, Richard Kearney

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