• Chretien on the Call that Wounds
    Janus Head 14 (1): 125-141. 2015.
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    Resisting “Forgiveness Oppression”
    Philosophy Today 65 (4): 863-879. 2021.
    Victims of abuse and violence are often pressured to forgive their perpetrators. The idea of unconditional forgiveness—forgiveness granted regardless of apology, remorse, or change of behavior—has become a norm for many in the west and those who refuse to forgive are often seen as resentful and bitter. Yet those imploring forgiveness are often the powerful and those asked to forgive are often minorities who have comparatively little power. Since forgiveness in western culture derives from Jesus’…Read more
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    9. How Continental Philosophy of Religion Came into Being and Where It Is Going
    In Gregory P. Floyd & Stephanie Rumpza (eds.), The Catholic Reception of Continental Philosophy in North America, University of Toronto Press. pp. 220-244. 2020.
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    In the Self's Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine (review)
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 6 (1): 84-89. 2014.
    In the Self's Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine presents Jean-Luc Marion's rethinking of the modern notion of the self by way of an original reading of Saint Augustine through the lens of a phenomenology of givenness. Here he tests the hermeneutic validity of concepts forged in his previous works. His goal is to show that the Confessiones are inscribed within the confessio, that love is an underlying epistemic condition of truth, and that God's call and our response to God are both gifts. U…Read more
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    In this essay, I attempt to think along with Kevin Hart, though improvising on his text in my own way, by suggesting that ‘the way’ is one that calls anyone who wishes to follow, that it is, at heart, all about doing battle with oneself, and that this battle is best thought of as an endless hermeneutic, one inaugurated by Jesus yet also with classical precedents.
  • Evil, Fallenness, and Finitude (edited book)
    Palgrave-Macmillan. 2017.
    This collection addresses the perennial philosophical and theological issues of human finitude and the potentiality for evil. The contributors approach these issues from perspectives in Continental philosophy relating to phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, rabbinical traditions, drawing upon the work of Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, and Paul Ricoeur. While centering on the traditional theme of theodicy, this volume is also oriented to the phenomenology of religion, with contributions …Read more
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    In this essay, I attempt to think along with Kevin Hart, though improvising on his text in my own way, by suggesting that ‘the way’ is one that calls anyone who wishes to follow, that it is, at heart, all about doing battle with oneself, and that this battle is best thought of as an endless hermeneutic, one inaugurated by Jesus yet also with classical precedents.
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    Hermeneutics at the Crossroads
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 64 (2): 111-113. 2008.
  • Third Thoughts on Contracting Out
    Journal of Libertarian Studies 11 (1): 44-78. 1994.
  • Paul and the Knowledge that Puffs Up
    Journal of Philosophy and Scripture 2 (2). 2005.
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    Restitution in Theory and Practice
    Journal of Libertarian Studies 12 (1): 75-98. 1996.
  • Chrétien on the call that wounds
    In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology, Fordham University Press. 2010.
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    The Two-Fold Task of Christian Philosophy of Religion
    Faith and Philosophy 32 (4): 371-390. 2015.
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    Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith
    Indiana University Press. 2007.
    Bruce Ellis Benson puts forward the surprising idea that Nietzsche was never a godless nihilist, but was instead deeply religious. But how does Nietzsche affirm life and faith in the midst of decadence and decay? Benson looks carefully at Nietzsche's life history and views of three decadents, Socrates, Wagner, and Paul, to come to grips with his pietistic turn. Key to this understanding is Benson's interpretation of the powerful effect that Nietzsche thinks music has on the human spirit. Benson …Read more
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    Transforming Philosophy and Religion: Love's Wisdom (edited book)
    with Norman Wirzba
    Indiana University Press. 2008.
    Norman Wirzba, Bruce Ellis Benson, and an international group of philosophers and theologians describe how various expressions of philosophy are transformed by the discipline of love. What is at stake is how philosophy colors and shapes the way we receive and engage each other, our world, and God. Focusing primarily on the Continental tradition of philosophy of religion, the work presented in this volume engages thinkers such as St. Paul, Meister Eckhart, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur…Read more
  • The prayers and tears of Friedrich Nietzsche
    In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), The Phenomenology of Prayer, Fordham University Press. 2005.
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    My goal here is to explore the deep and interpenetrating relationship of life, art, and worship, though not with the intent of merely sketching some theory about their relationship. Instead, it is about working out a way of life that can properly be termed "liturgical"
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    Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 46 (3): 387-388. 2006.
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    Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology (edited book)
    with Norman Wirzba
    Fordham University Press. 2010.
    Words of Life is the sequel and companion to Phenomenology and the "Theological Turn," edited by Dominique Janicaud, Jean-Francois Courtine, Jean-Louis Chrétien, Michel Henry, Jean-Luc Marion, and Paul Ricoeur. In that volume, Janicaud accuses Levinas, Henry, Marion, and Chrétien of "veering" from phenomenological neutrality to a theologically inflected phenomenology. By contrast, the contributors to this collection interrogate whether phenomenology's proper starting point is agnostic or atheist…Read more
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    Ingarden and the problem of jazz
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 55 (4). 1993.
    Rather than being concerned with questions of aesthetic standards, Ingarden focuses on the question of where a musical work exists. Thus he attempts to draw clear distinctions between musical works, scores, and performances. Yet, while these distinctions seem questionable even from the standpoint of classical music, in jazz, which operates under a paradigm in which improvisation is primary, they prove far more problematic. A crucial assumption behind Ingarden's view of music is that musical perf…Read more
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    All of us working in continental philosophy of religion can be grateful to James K. A. Smith for his call to consider which practices will best further the “health” of the burgeoning subdiscipline of continental philosophy of religion. Given that he offers his suggestions “in the spirit of ‘conversation starters,’” my response is designed to continue what I hope will be an ongoing conversation. With that goal in mind, I respond to Smith by considering not only the practicality of each suggestion…Read more