Levinas and Kierkegaard on Divine Transcendence and Ethical Life: Response to Donald L. Turner and Ford Turrell's “The Non-Existent God” [Book Review]

Philosophia 35 (3-4):383-385 (2007)
This article is a brief commentary on Donald Turner and Ford Turrell’s “The Non-Existent God: Transcendence, Humanity, and Ethics in Emmanuel Levinas.” While I agree with Turner and Turrell’s general presentation of Levinas’s existential conception of God and ethics, I reflect primarily on the reference the authors make to Kierkegaard as an existentialist forefather of Levinas. I show certain basic similarities between Levinas and Kierkegaard as existentialist thinkers, but also note their differences, also taking into consideration the influence of Hegel. This paper was delivered in the APA Pacific 2007 Mini-Conference on Models of God
Keywords Turrell  Turner  Levinas  Kierkegaard  Hegel  Philosophy of religion  God  Ethics  Existentialism  Phenomenology  Abraham  Isaac  Dialectical mediation  Faith  Leap of faith
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-007-9074-8
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