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  1.  2
    God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the Theological Turn.J. Aaron Simmons (ed.) - 2011 - Indiana University Press.
    The theological turn in French phenomenology has been of great interest to scholars working in contemporary continental thought, but according to J. Aaron Simmons, not enough has been done to bring these debates into conversation with more mainstream philosophy. Building on the work of Kierkegaard, Levinas, Marion, and Derrida, among others, Simmons suggests how continental philosophy of religion can intersect with political philosophy, environmental philosophy, and theories of knowledge. By productively engaging philosophical "God-talk," Simmons proposes a robust model of postmodern (...)
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    What About Isaac? Rereading "Fear and Trembling" and Rethinking Kierkegaardian Ethics.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (2):319 - 345.
    In this essay I offer a reading of "Fear and Trembling" that responds to critiques of Kierkegaardian ethics as being, as Brand Blanshard claims, "morally nihilistic," as Emmanuel Levinas contends, ethically violent, and, as Alasdair MacIntyre charges, simply irrational. I argue that by focusing on Isaac's singularity as the very condition for Abraham's "ordeal," the book presents a story about responsible subjectivity. Rather than standing in competition with the relation to God, the relation to other people is, thus, inscribed into (...)
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  3. Heretics Everywhere.J. Aaron Simmons - 2010 - Philosophy and Theology 22 (1/2):49-76.
    By carefully considering Galileo’s letters to Castelli and Christina, we argue that his position regarding the relationship between Scripture and science is not only of historical importance, but continues to stand as a perspective worth taking seriously in the context of contemporary philosophical debates. In particular, we contend that there are at least five areas of contemporary concern where Galileo’s arguments are especially relevant: (1) the supposed conflict between science and religion, (2) the status and stakes of evidence, (3) the (...)
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    Prospects for A Levinasian Epistemic Infinitism.J. Aaron Simmons & Scott F. Aikin - 2012 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (3):437-460.
    Abstract Epistemic infinitism is certainly not a majority view in contemporary epistemology. While there are some examples of infinitism in the history of philosophy, more work needs to be done mining this history in order to provide a richer understanding of how infinitism might be formulated internal to different philosophical frameworks. Accordingly, we argue that the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas can be read as operating according to an ?impure? model of epistemic infinitism. The infinite obligation inaugurated by the ?face to (...)
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    God in Recent French Phenomenology.J. Aaron Simmons - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (5):910-932.
    In this essay, I provide an introduction to the so-called 'theological turn' in recent French, 'new' phenomenology. I begin by articulating the stakes of excluding God from phenomenology (as advocated by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger) and then move on to a brief consideration of why Dominique Janicaud contends that, by inquiring into the 'inapparent', new phenomenology is no longer phenomenological. I then consider the general trajectories of this recent movement and argue that there are five main themes that unite (...)
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    From Necessity to Hope: A Continental Perspective on Eschatology Without Telos.J. Aaron Simmons & Nathan R. Kerr - 2009 - Heythrop Journal 50 (6):948-965.
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    Making Tomorrow Better Than Today.J. Aaron Simmons & Diane Perpich - 2005 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 9 (2):241-266.
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    Postmodern Kataphaticism: A Constructive Proposal.J. Aaron Simmons - 2012 - Analecta Hermeneutica 4.
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    There Are Nowadays Professors of Philosophy, but Not Philosophers.Pierre Hadot, tr Simmons, J. Aaron & ed Marshall, Mason - 2005 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (3):229-237.
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    Levinasian Otherism, Skepticism, and the Problem of Self-Refutation.Scott F. Aikin & J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Philosophical Forum 40 (1):29-54.
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    John D. Caputo, Hoping Against Hope.J. Aaron Simmons - 2016 - Augustinian Studies 47 (2):234-239.
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  12. Continuing to Look for God in France: On the Relationship Between Phenomenology and Theology.J. Aaron Simmons - 2010 - In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology. Fordham University Press.
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    Is Continental Philosophy Just Catholicism for Atheists?J. Aaron Simmons - 2008 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 15 (1):94-111.
    There is much within contemporary continental philosophy that might give the indication that it is really just disguised Christian theology. However, in line with Hent de Vries and in contrast to Dominique Janicaud, I contend that there are reasons for taking continental God-talk seriously on purely philosophical grounds. On this basis, I then go on to advocate a specific form of God-talk-that dealing with kenosis-as being deeply relevant to contemporary politics because of the way in which it provides an argument (...)
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    What About Isaac?: Rereading Fear and Trembling and Rethinking Kierkegaardian Ethics.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Journal of Religious Ethics 35 (2):319-345.
    In this essay I offer a reading of "Fear and Trembling" that responds to critiques of Kierkegaardian ethics as being, as Brand Blanshard claims, "morally nihilistic," as Emmanuel Levinas contends, ethically violent, and, as Alasdair MacIntyre charges, simply irrational. I argue that by focusing on Isaac's singularity as the very condition for Abraham's "ordeal," the book presents a story about responsible subjectivity. Rather than standing in competition with the relation to God, the relation to other people is, thus, inscribed into (...)
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    Become Joyful, Become Active, But Do Not Forget About Being Responsible.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (2):21-26.
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    Cheaper Than a Corvette: The Relevance of Phenomenology for Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.J. Aaron Simmons - forthcoming - Sophia:1-11.
    Contemporary phenomenology has often been critiqued as having crossed into the domain of confessional theology. Though I reject this characterization, I do think it is important to consider how best to understand the distinction between philosophy and theology. Accordingly, in this essay, I argue that continental philosophy of religion faces something of a mid-life crisis regarding its own professional and disciplinary identity as philosophical. Through an engagement with the recent work of Kevin Hart, I argue that new phenomenology provides important (...)
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    Find Uses for Used-Up Words.J. Aaron Simmons - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (2):156-169.
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    Helping More Than “a Little”: Recent Books on Kierkegaard and Philosophy of Religion. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2012 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (3):227-242.
    Helping more than “a little”: recent books on Kierkegaard and philosophy of religion Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-16 DOI 10.1007/s11153-012-9345-6 Authors J. Aaron Simmons, Department of Philosophy, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613, USA Journal International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Online ISSN 1572-8684 Print ISSN 0020-7047.
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    Levinas and Whitehead.J. Aaron Simmons & Jay McDaniel - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (1):25-53.
    Alfred North Whitehead and Emmanuel Levinas are not often considered together in the contemporary philosophical literature. There are clearly sensible reasons for this. While Whitehead is a systematic thinker who explicitly engages in metaphysical philosophy within the tradition of process thought and whodoes not focus primarily on ethics, Levinas is resistant to systematic metaphysics and works within the phenomenological tradition in order to argue that ethicsis first philosophy. Despite these significant points of contrast between Whitehead and Levinas, in this paper (...)
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    Heretics Everywhere: On the Continuing Relevance of Galileo to the Philosophy of Religion.Fred Ablondi & J. Aaron Simmons - 2010 - Philosophy and Theology 22 (1/2):49-76.
    By carefully considering Galileo’s letters to Castelli and Christina, we argue that his position regarding the relationship between Scripture and science is not only of historical importance, but continues to stand as a perspective worth taking seriously in the context of contemporary philosophical debates. In particular, we contend that there are at least five areas of contemporary concern where Galileo’s arguments are especially relevant: the supposed conflict between science and religion, the status and stakes of evidence, the question of biblical (...)
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    Luck, Justice, and Equality: A Response to Cervantez.J. Aaron Simmons - 2011 - Southwest Philosophy Review 27 (2):9-13.
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    “Vision Without Image”: A Levinasian Topology.J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Southwest Philosophy Review 25 (1):23-31.
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    “Vision Without Image”.J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Southwest Philosophy Review 25 (1):23-31.
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    Review of Nick Trakakis, The End of Philosophy of Religion. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2012 - Sophia 51 (3):407-410.
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    Levinas and Whitehead: Notes Toward a Conversation To Come.J. Aaron Simmons & Jay McDaniel - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (1):25-53.
    Alfred North Whitehead and Emmanuel Levinas are not often considered together in the contemporary philosophical literature. There are clearly sensible reasons for this. While Whitehead is a systematic thinker who explicitly engages in metaphysical philosophy within the tradition of process thought and whodoes not focus primarily on ethics, Levinas is resistant to systematic metaphysics and works within the phenomenological tradition in order to argue that ethicsis first philosophy. Despite these significant points of contrast between Whitehead and Levinas, in this paper (...)
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    The New Kierkegaard.J. Aaron Simmons - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (2):191-194.
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    Echoes of Responsibility in Merleau-Ponty's Ecology and Levinas's Ethics.J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Environmental Philosophy 6 (2):96-99.
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    On Shared Hopes for (Mashup) Philosophy of Religion: A Reply to Trakakis.J. Aaron Simmons - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (2):691-710.
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    Editorial Introduction to Special Issue on “The Virtue of Justice”.J. Aaron Simmons & John Sanders - 2013 - Philosophia 41 (2):271-272.
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    Review of Calvin O. Schrag, Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political, Ed. Michael R. Paradiso-Michau. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2013 - Sophia 52 (3):557-559.
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    God in France.J. Aaron Simmons - 2005 - Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 15 (2):99-105.
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    Being For the Other: Emmanuel Levinas, Ethical Living, and Psychoanalysis. By Paul Marcos.J. Aaron Simmons - 2010 - Heythrop Journal 51 (3):504-506.
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    Become Joyful, Become Active, But Do Not Forget About Being Responsible: A Commentary on Anupa Batra’s “Deleuze’s Ethics: An Interpretation Through His Reading of Spinoza”.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (2):21-26.
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    Toward an Expansive Phenomenology of Religious Existence.J. Aaron Simmons - 2014 - Sophia 53 (3):373-377.
    This review of Kevin Schilbrack’s—Philosophy and the study of religions: a manifesto—is part of a review symposium featuring reviews by Andrew Irvine, J. Aaron Simmons, and James McLaughlin and a reply by Kevin Schilbrack.
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  35. Gabriel Biel and Occasionalism: Overcoming an Apparent Tension.Fred Ablondi & J. Aaron Simmons - 2011 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (2):159.
  36. Editorial Introduction to Special Issue on Kevin Hart.J. Aaron Simmons - forthcoming - Sophia:1-3.
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  37. Echoes of Responsibility in Merleau-Ponty’s Ecology and Levinas’s Ethics: State University of New York Press. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Environmental Philosophy 6 (2):96-99.
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  38. Find Uses for Used-Up Words: ThinkingWeltanschauung “After” Heidegger.J. Aaron Simmons - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (2):156-169.
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  39. Is Continental Philosophy Just Catholicism for Atheists?: On the Political Relevance of Kenosis.J. Aaron Simmons - 2008 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 15 (1):94-111.
    There is much within contemporary continental philosophy that might give the indication that it is really just disguised Christian theology. However, in line with Hent de Vries and in contrast to Dominique Janicaud, I contend that there are reasons for taking continental God-talk seriously on purely philosophical grounds. On this basis, I then go on to advocate a specific form of God-talk-that dealing with kenosis-as being deeply relevant to contemporary politics because of the way in which it provides an argument (...)
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    Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, and Religion.J. Aaron Simmons & David Wood (eds.) - 2008 - Indiana University Press.
    Recent discussions in the philosophy of religion, ethics, and personal political philosophy have been deeply marked by the influence of two philosophers who are often thought to be in opposition to each other, Søren Kierkegaard and Emmanuel Levinas. Devoted expressly to the relationship between Levinas and Kierkegaard, this volume sets forth a more rigorous comparison and sustained engagement between them. Established and newer scholars representing varied philosophical traditions bring these two thinkers into dialogue in 12 sparkling essays. They consider similarities (...)
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  41. Making Tomorrow Better Than Today.J. Aaron Simmons & Diane Perpich - 2005 - Symposium 9 (2):241-266.
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  42. Making Tomorrow Better Than Today: Rorty’s Dismissal of Lévinasian Ethics.J. Aaron Simmons & Diane Perpich - 2005 - Symposium 9 (2):241-266.
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  43. Phenomenology for the 21st Century.J. Aaron Simmons & James Hackett (eds.) - forthcoming - Palgrave-Macmillan.
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  44. Phenomenology for the Twenty-First Century.J. Aaron Simmons & J. Edward Hackett (eds.) - 2016 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
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  45. Revisiting Gender-Inclusive God-Talk: A New, Wesleyan Argument.J. Aaron Simmons & Mason Marshall - 2008 - Philosophy and Theology 20 (1/2):243-263.
    Though academic debate over gender-inclusive God-talk seems to have fizzled, the issue is a pressing one within many Christiandenominations today—both within and outside the Church—and for that reason deserves to be briefly revisited. Accordingly, althoughin this essay we approach the issue as professional philosophers, our focus is on the life of the Church—more specifically, those no doubt sizable segments of the Church for which a personal God and Satan exist and evangelism matters. Running an elimination argument, we contend that if (...)
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