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Westphal, Merold

Works: 62 works in 303 publications in 1 language and 18,285 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Educational films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Merold Westphal
History and truth in Hegel's Phenomenology by Merold Westphal( )

35 editions published between 1978 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Levinas and Kierkegaard in dialogue by Merold Westphal( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few philosophers have devoted more than passing attention to similarities between the thought of Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish Christian, and Emmanuel Levinas, a French Jew. Here, one of philosophy of religion's most distinctive voices offers a sustained comparison. Focusing on questions surrounding otherness, transcendence, postmodernity, and the nature of religious thought, Merold Westphal draws readers into a dialogue between the two thinkers
Transcendence and self-transcendence : on God and the soul by Merold Westphal( )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question of the transcendence of God has traditionally been thought in terms of the difference between pantheism, which affirms that God is wholly "within" the world, and theism, which affirms that God is both "within" and "outside" the world, both immanent and transcendent. Against Heidegger's critique of onto-theology and the general postmodern concern for respecting and preserving the difference of the other, Merold Westphal seeks to rethink divine transcendence in relation to modes of human self-transcendence. Touching upon Spinoza, Hegel, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, Barth, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Derrida, and Marion, Westphal's work centers around a critique of onto-theology, the importance of alterity, the decentered self, and the autonomous transcendental ego. Westphal's phenomenology of faith sets this book into the main currents of Continental philosophy of religion today
Suspicion and faith : the religious uses of modern atheism by Merold Westphal( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marx, Nietzche, and Freud are among the most influential of modern atheists. The distinctive feature of their challenge to theistic and specifically Christian belief is expressed by Paul Ricoeur when he calls them the "masters of suspicion." While skepticism directs its critique to the truth or evidential basis of belief, suspicion asks two different, intimately intertwined questions: what are the motives that lead to this belief? and what function does it play, what work does it do for the individuals and communities that adopt it
Overcoming onto-theology : toward a postmodern Christian faith by Merold Westphal( )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 1,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of essays ... in which Westphal carefully explores the nature and the structure of a postmodern Christian philosophy. ... [He] offers masterful studies of Heidegger's early lectures on Paul and Augustine, the idea of hermeneutics, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Derrida, and Nietzsche, all in the service of building his argument that postmodern thinking offers an indispensable tool for rethinking Christian faith."--Publisher description
Modernity and its discontents by John D Caputo( )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

he not only shares with Caputo and Marsh a long formation in both continental philosophy and the Christian faith, but he is deeply sympathetic to both critical modernism and postmodernism. Caputo finds him to be almost as hopeless a rationalist as Marsh, while Marsh finds him to flirt almost as shamelessly with irrationality as Caputo. Westphal seeks to argue, not for a synthesis of the two perspectives, but for a willingness to live in the tension between the two
Kierkegaard's concept of faith by Merold Westphal( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book renowned philosopher Merold Westphal unpacks the writings of nineteenth-century thinker S ren Kierkegaard on biblical, Christian faith and its relation to reason. Across five books -- Fear and Trembling, Philosophical Fragments, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Sickness Unto Death, and Practice in Christianity -- and three pseudonyms, Kierkegaard sought to articulate a biblical concept of faith by approaching it from a variety of perspectives in relation to one another. Westphal offers a careful textual reading of these major discussions to present an overarching analysis of Kierkegaard's conception of the true meaning of biblical faith. Though Kierkegaard presents a complex picture of faith through his pseudonyms, Westphal argues that his perspective is a faithful and illuminating one, making claims that are important for philosophy of religion, for theology, and most of all for Christian life as it might be lived by faithful people
God, guilt, and death : an existential phenomenology of religion by Merold Westphal( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a valuable contribution to the philosophy of religion, Merold Westphal explains what it means to be religious. Examples from the writings of Kierkegaard, Freud, Heidegger, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and Tolstoi illuminate the author's thesis that guilt and death are the central problems of human existence. A typology of exilic, mimetic, and covenantal religions distinguishes three different approaches to salvation from guilt and death
Kierkegaard's critique of reason and society by Merold Westphal( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kierkegaard in post/modernity( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These essays engage Kierkegaard in conversation with critical social theory and postmodern thought. Covering a diversity of themes, this collection still reflects consensus―Kierkegaard is to be taken seriously as a philosopher at the turn of the twenty-first century."
Postmodern philosophy and Christian thought( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming a self : a reading of Kierkegaard's concluding unscientific postscript by Merold Westphal( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The titles in this series present well-edited basic texts to be used in courses and seminars and for teachers looking for a succinct exposition of the results of recent research. Each volume in the series presents the fundamental ideas of a great philosopher by means of a very thorough and up-to-date commentary on one important text. The edition and explanation of the text give insight into the whole of the oeuvre, of which it is an integral part
Hegel, freedom, and modernity by Merold Westphal( Book )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in the philosophy of J.N. Findlay( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time, this volume presents a series of critical and constructive studies in the philosophy of J.N. Findlay. His contributions to both historical and systematic philosophy are examined by outstanding authors in the field, many of whom are his former students and colleagues. The value of these essays is heightened by Findlay's own contributions: two autobiographical chapters detail the evolution of his thought and relationships, and in a final section of comments, he evaluates and responds to the studies in this collection
Whose community? which interpretation? : philosophical hermeneutics for the church by Merold Westphal( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merold Westphal introduces current philosophical thinking related to interpreting the Bible. Recognizing that no theology is completely free of philosophical "contamination," he engages and mines contemporary hermeneutical theory in service of the church. After providing a historical overview of contemporary theories of interpretation, Westphal addresses postmodern hermeneutical theory, arguing that the relativity embraced there is not the same as the relativism in which "anything goes." Rather, Westphal encourages us to embrace the proliferation of interpretations based on different perspectives as a way to get at the richness of the biblical text. --From publisher's description
Christian perspectives on religious knowledge( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In praise of heteronomy : making room for revelation by Merold Westphal( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recognizing the essential heteronomy of postmodern philosophy of religion, Merold Westphal argues against the assumption that human reason is universal, neutral, and devoid of presupposition. Instead, Westphal contends that any philosophy is a matter of faith and the philosophical encounter with theology arises from the very act of thinking. Relying on the work of Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel, Westphal discovers that their theologies render them mutually incompatible and their claims to be the voice of autonomous and universal reason look dubious. Westphal grapples with this plural nature of human thought in the philosophy of religion and he forwards the idea that any appeal to the divine must rest on a historical and phenomenological analysis."--
Method and speculation in Hegel's Phenomenology by Merold Westphal( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creative fidelity by Gabriel Marcel( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of lectures and essays was regarded by Gabriel Marcel as the best introduction to his thought. Outstanding in the richness of its analyses and in its application of Marcel's "concrete approach" to philosophical problems, Creative Fidelity not only deals with the perennial Marcellian themes of faith, fidelity, belief, incarnate being, and participation, but includes chapters on religious tolerance and orthodoxy and an important critical essay on Karl Jaspers." "Known in this country as a Christian existentialist, Marcel preferred to be called a "neo-Socratic", a label suggesting the dialogical, unfinished nature of his speculations. He may best be described as a reflective empiricist." -- Jacket
Great ideas of philosophy( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores religious epistemology, the metaphysics of religion, and theodicy. With commentary by Alvin Plantinga, Merold Westphal, Dean Zimmerman, and Richard Sorabji and readings from Aquinas, Maimonides, and others
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History and truth in Hegel's Phenomenology
Alternative Names
Westphal, Merold

Westphal, Merold Edwood

Westphal, Merold Edwood 1940- Jr

Westphal, Merold Edwood Jr. 1940-

English (238)

Levinas and Kierkegaard in dialogueTranscendence and self-transcendence : on God and the soulSuspicion and faith : the religious uses of modern atheismOvercoming onto-theology : toward a postmodern Christian faithGod, guilt, and death : an existential phenomenology of religionKierkegaard's critique of reason and societyKierkegaard in post/modernityPostmodern philosophy and Christian thought