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    Beyond the Self, Beyond Ontology: Levinas' Reading of Shestov's Reading of Kierkegaard
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2): 179-196. 2010.
    In 1937, Emmanuel Levinas published a review of Lev Shestov’s Kierkegaard et la philosophie existentielle in the journal Revue des Études Juives. This essay includes a translation of his review as well as an introductory essay that contextualizes it. In her Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (1972), Edith Wyschogrod contended that Levinas’ short review contains what “might well be taken as the program of his own future work.” Both seek a way out of ontology, but Shestov seeks h…Read more
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    Nicolas Berdyaev's Existentialist Personalism
    The Personalist Forum 8 (Supplement): 57-65. 1992.
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    In 1971 the French publishing house Aubier-Montaigne published Gabriel Marcel’s previously unpublished 1909 study “The Metaphysical Ideas of Coleridge and their Connection with the Philosophy of Schelling” under the title, Coleridge et Schelling. Marcel’s interest in Schelling is a neglected but very important part of Marcel’s philosophical development. There are several striking similarities between Marcel and Schelling, but I will confine the major thrust of this paper to one issue: the unique…Read more
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    Kevin Schilbrack’s manifesto Philosophy and the Study of Religions is an important foundational work for two fields: philosophy of religion and religious studies. The philosophers of religion sometimes appear to better fit Donald Wiebe’s characterization of religionists as crypto-theologians. They seem only really concerned with Christian theology or at the most theism, despite the fact that Christianity only accounts for about a third of what we could call religious people on the planet and the…Read more
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    The Theological Character of Sartre’s Atheology in Being and Nothingness
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 5 (1/2): 71-96. 1997.
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    Jean-Paul Sartre and Nicholas Berdyaev were contemporaries in the Paris of the thirties and forties. Sartre became the most famous existentialist author and was also a politically active Marxist. Berdyaev had been a Marxist and political activist but converted to Christianity and became one of the inspirations of the French personalist movement and a key exponent of religious existentialism. This study focuses on the central concern of both philosophers: the question of freedom. Sartre argued in…Read more
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    The Il y a and the Ungrund
    Levinas Studies 11 (1): 213-235. 2016.
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    The radical reformulation of Western philosophy proposed by Emmanuel Lévinas is the move beyond knowledge and being to ethics as metaphysics. For Lévinas this is accomplished as an escape, an evasion of being. Lévinas saw the story of Western philosophy as a tale that Being emanated, created, etc. an illusory pluralism that it will eventually overcome in total unity. “The adventure of the world,” to borrow a phrase from Whitehead, is an accident that does not affect the perfection of Being. Bein…Read more
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    The Il y a and the Ungrund
    Levinas Studies 11 213-235. 2016.
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    Persons, Institutions, and Trust: Essays in Honor of Thomas O. Buford (edited book)
    with James Beauregard, Richard Prust, J. Aaron Simmons, Nathan Riley, Randall Auxier, Thomas O. Buford, Mason Marshall, John Scott Gray, and Eugene Long
    Vernon Press. 2016.
    The papers presented in this volume honor Thomas O. Buford. Buford is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Furman University where he taught for over 40 years. Many of the papers in this volume are from former students. But Professor Buford is also a pre-eminent voice of forth generation Personalism, and Boston Personalism in particular. Personalism is a school of philosophical and theological thought which holds that the ideas of “person” and “personality” are indispensable both to an adequate u…Read more
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    Preview: In Jane Campion’s recent film version of Thomas Savage’s Power of the Dog, young Peter comes across his, and his mother’s tormentor, Phil’s secret hiding place. There he discovers in a lean-to the cowboy homophobic Phil’s copies of Physical Culture. As he leafs through the magazines, he sees the famous pictures of Eugen Sandow and his fig leaf posed as the Farnese Hercules. The scene does not appear in Savage’s novel. Flash backward or forwards a few years depending on whether you place…Read more
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    Book Reviews (review)
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2): 229-233. 2014.
    Jacob Taubes, Occidental Eschatology. Translated with a Preface by David Ratmoko; Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2009, xxiii + 215 pp., $60.00 (cloth), $21.95 (paper)Jacob Taubes, To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections. Translated by Keith Tribe with an introduction by Mike Grimshaw; Columbia University Press, New York, 2013, $18.50 (cloth)Since 2004, there has been a minor publishing explosion of works by Jacob Taubes translated into English. Taubes did not leave a large body of work. T…Read more
  • Bergson’s Challenge to Phenomenology, Ontology and Ethics (review)
    Janus Head 8 (1): 361-366. 2005.