In William Desmond and Contemporary Theology, Christopher Simpson and Brendan Sammon coordinate, through a collection of scholarly essays, a timely exploration of William Desmond’s work on theology and metaphysics, bringing the disciplines of philosophy and theology together in new and vital ways. The book examines the contribution that Desmond’s metaphysics makes to contemporary theological discourse and to the renewal of metaphysics.
A central issue for the contributors is the renewal of metaphysics within the post-metaphysical, or anti-metaphysical, context of late modernity. This volume not only capably demonstrates the viability of the metaphysical tradition but also illuminates its effectiveness and value in dealing with the many issues in contemporary theological conversation. William Desmond and Contemporary Theology presents Desmond’s contemporary, yet historically aware, continental metaphysics as able to provide revealing insights for the discussion of the relation between philosophy and theology. Simpson and Sammon argue, moreover, that Desmond’s contribution to linking these two fields makes his an important voice in the academic conversation. Students and scholars of Desmond, contemporary philosophy, theology, and literature will find much to provoke thought in this collection.
Contributors: John R. Betz, Christopher R. Brewer, Patrick X. Gardner, Joseph K. Gordon, Renée Köhler-Ryan, D. Stephen Long, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Cyril O’Regan, Brendan Thomas Sammon, D. C. Schindler, Christopher Ben Simpson, and Corey Benjamin Tutewiler.
"William Desmond's metaphysics offers a serious alternative both to the subjective bias and unexplained correlationism of phenomenology and to the inhuman and often extra-rational objectivism of the current secular revival of ontology. It shows how only an account of existence as pointing to God is able to explicate and account for the intimacy of reason with Being in a way that is hospitable to all things, yet respectful of the supremacy of Spirit and its crucial ontological role. The fine essays in this volume by distinguished contributors all serve to develop his vision and to show why it is the way forward, not just for philosophers, but for the human race in its genuine, situated humanity.” —John Milbank, University of Nottingham
“The essays in this book are of a uniformly high standard. They are unified by a direct interest in Desmondian metaphysics of existence with strong aesthetic highlights. The essays are well written, the book coheres around enthusiasm for the renewal of metaphysics. This is an important book, signaling a new direction in theological philosophy.” —Francesca Aran Murphy, University of Notre Dame
“The themes covered in this book are especially to be welcomed, and should provide a major starting point for any scholars wishing to explore in greater detail the significance of Desmond’s work for contemporary theological and theoretical developments. This is an impressive and well-paced collection of essays.” —Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge
"William Desmond is a philosopher whose work is not only open to theology and oriented toward the 'divine horizon,' but one from whom theology has a very great deal to learn. His is a unique—and uniquely beautiful—voice, and the more widely his influence spreads the better. Simpson and Sammon have assembled a truly remarkable company of theological respondents to Desmond's project, and we can only hope that his volume will help to prompt more numerous and extensive theological engagements with Desmond's work." —David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study