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Letting go

Rethinking Kenosis

Onno Zijlstra

The concept of kenosis plays a prominent part in the ‘return to religion’ of the last decade. It comes up again and again in philosophical, ethical, and theological discussions. This book assembles a variety of contributions. Important points of reference are the notion of kenosis as it is traditionally discussed in theology and as it is applied in radical hermeneutics, particularly by Gianni Vattimo. Vattimo’s hermeneutic philosophy deals with theological (kenosis as God’s incarnation), philosophical (the postmodern weakening of central philosophical notions) and the ethical (kenosis as an ethical ideal) aspects of kenosis. This collection of essays focuses on two topics: how to read ‘kenosis’ and how to value Vattimo’s thoughts about kenosis.
Contents: Onno Zijlstra: Introduction – Frits de Lange: Kenotic Ethics: Gianni Vattimo, Reading the ‘Signs of Time’ – Rinse Reeling Brouwer: Kenosis in Philippians 2:5-11 and in the History of Christian Doctrine – Pieter H. Vos: Working against Oneself: The Kenotic Character of Kierkegaard’s Thought – Renée van Riessen: An Empty Place of God: Kenosis in the Philosophy of Levinas – Akke van der Kooi: God, Kenosis and Feminist Theology – Leddy Karelse: Letting Go: Mark C. Taylor and Karl Barth about the Gap and Kenosis – Gerrit Neven: About the Hermeneutical Function of Dogma in Vattimo and Noordmans – Graham Ward: Kenosis and Discourse: Economies of Love in Balthasar and Kristeva – Laurens ten Kate: Econokenosis: Three Meanings of Kenosis in ‘Post-modern’ Thought; on Derrida, with References to Vattimo and Barth.