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God and the Other: Ethics and Politics after the Theological Turn (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion) Paperback – April 12, 2011
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This book convincingly argues from epistemological, ethical, ontological, and political angles that the theological turn of new phenomenology might inform contemporary ethics and politics―not despite its ‘God talk,’ but because of it . . . . The book is an invaluable resource for those sorting through the theological turn and for those who hear the call of the Other. (Sophia)
This book is an encouraging sign about new directions in Continental philosophy―and Continental philosophy of religion more specifically. . . . Recommended. (Choice)
This first book by . . . a Furman University philosopher is a bold and impressive foray into the chasm that has distanced the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy over the last two generations. . . . God and the Other forcefully registers the emergence of Simmons as one of a number of new voices in philosophy of religion on the present horizon. (Religious Studies Review)
We do not have many good examples of how continental and analytic philosopher can engage one another in a shared conversation . . . [Simmons] uses the analytic philosophers to state problems or to clarify options, and he then develops an analysis of the continental figures in order to show how the basic framework of the problem or puzzle needs to be revised or altered. (Intnl Jrnl Philosophy of Religion)
This book is recommended not only to those with interests in new phenomenology but also to anyone interested in the ongoing debate and discussion on what relationship, if any, religion should have in the public sphere. (The Journal of Religion)
Debates within so-called "continental philosophy" and "analytic philosophy" are far closer to each other than most on either "side" realize. By boldly crossing the continental/analytic divide, J. Aaron Simmons convincingly argues that engagement between the two is not only possible, but necessary. God and the Other is a significant step forward. (Bruce Ellis Benson Wheaton College)
J. Aaron Simmons has firm command not only of recent work on Levinas and Kierkegaard, but also of a wide range of alternatives in analytic philosophy of religion and political philosophy. More than an exercise in analytic-continental bridge building, Simmons moves continental ethics forward and makes it politically worthwhile. (John Davenport Fordham University)
Combines solid research with thoughtful consideration of the issues, and opens up genuinely creative and integrative thinking. . . . Informative, challenging, and provocative. (Jeffrey Dudiak Kings University College, Edmonton)