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J. Aaron Simmons
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  1. There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.Pierre Hadot, J. Aaron Simmons & Mason Marshall - 2005 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 19 (3):229-237.
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    The new phenomenology: a philosophical introduction.J. Aaron Simmons - 2013 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Welcome to the family -- The sources of new phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger -- How to be a phenomenological heretic: the origins and development of new phenomenology -- Phenomenology and onto-theology -- Phenomenology and theology reconsidered -- New phenomenology on the existence and nature of God -- The call, prayer, and Christian philosophy -- Proposals for new phenomenology and analytic philosophy of religion -- Normativity: ethics, politics, and society -- Possible futures for new phenomenology.
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    Christian Philosophy: Conceptions, Continuations, and Challenges.J. Aaron Simmons (ed.) - 2018 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    The contributors consider the idea of Christian philosophy in light of current debates in such areas as philosophy of religion, moral theory, epistemology, and metaphysics in order to show that these important historical questions continue to press upon us today.
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    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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    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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    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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    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. pp. 13-29.
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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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    Postmodern Kataphaticism: A Constructive Proposal.J. Aaron Simmons - 2012 - Analecta Hermeneutica 4.
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    Cheaper than a Corvette: The Relevance of Phenomenology for Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.J. Aaron Simmons - 2017 - Sophia 56 (1):33-43.
    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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    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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  14. Revisiting Gender-Inclusive God-Talk.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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  15. 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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    Levinasian otherism, skepticism, and the problem of self-refutation.Scott F. Aikin & J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Philosophical Forum 40 (1):29-54.
  17. Gabriel Biel and Occasionalism: Overcoming an Apparent Tension.Fred Ablondi & J. Aaron Simmons - 2011 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (2):159.
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    Heretics Everywhere.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: (1) the supposed conflict between science and religion, (2) the status and stakes of evidence, (3) the (...)
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  19. Contemporary Debates in Negative Theology and Philosophy.Nahum Brown & J. Aaron Simmons (eds.) - 2017 - Cham: Springer.
    In this volume, scholars draw deeply on negative theology in order to consider some of the oldest questions in the philosophy of religion that stand as persistent challenges to inquiry, comprehension, and expression. The chapters engage different philosophical methodologies, cross disciplinary boundaries, and draw on varied cultural traditions in the effort to demonstrate that apophaticism can be a positive resource for contemporary philosophy of religion.
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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.J. Aaron Simmons - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (2):21-26.
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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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    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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    Editorial Introduction to Special Issue on Kevin Hart.J. Aaron Simmons - 2017 - Sophia 56 (1):1-3.
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    Find Uses for Used-Up Words.J. Aaron Simmons - 2006 - Philosophy Today 50 (2):156-169.
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    John D. Caputo, Hoping Against Hope.J. Aaron Simmons - 2016 - Augustinian Studies 47 (2):234-239.
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    Jean-Luc Marion's Givenness and Revelation.J. Aaron Simmons - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (3):225-230.
    This is a book review of Jean-Luc Marion's Givenness and Revelation.
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    Kierkegaard's God and the good life.J. Aaron Simmons (ed.) - 2017 - Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.
    Collected critical essays analyzing Kierkegaard’s work in regards to theology and social-moral thought. Kierkegaard’s God and the Good Life focuses on faith and love, two central topics in Kierkegaard’s writings, to grapple with complex questions at the intersection of religion and ethics. Here, leading scholars reflect on Kierkegaard’s understanding of God, the religious life, and what it means to exist ethically. The contributors then shift to psychology, hope, knowledge, and the emotions as they offer critical and constructive readings for contemporary (...)
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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 who does not focus primarily on ethics, Levinas is resistant to systematic metaphysics and works within the phenomenological tradition in order to argue that ethics is first philosophy. Despite these significant points of contrast between Whitehead and Levinas, in (...)
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    Luck, Justice, and Equality.J. Aaron Simmons - 2011 - Southwest Philosophy Review 27 (2):9-13.
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    Making Tomorrow Better Than Today.J. Aaron Simmons & Diane Perpich - 2005 - Symposium 9 (2):241-266.
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    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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  33. New Phenomenology and Open Theism: A Thought Experiment.J. Aaron Simmons - 2020 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76 (2-3):663-688.
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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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    On Shared Hopes for (Mashup) Philosophy of Religion: A Reply to Trakakis.J. Aaron Simmons - 2014 - Heythrop Journal 55 (4):691-710.
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  36. Phenomenology for the 21st Century.J. Aaron Simmons & James Hackett (eds.) - forthcoming - Palgrave-Macmillan.
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  37. Phenomenology for the Twenty-first Century.J. Aaron Simmons & J. Edward Hackett (eds.) - 2016 - [United States]: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    This volume illustrates the relevance of phenomenology to a range of contemporary concerns. Displaying both the epistemological rigor of classical phenomenology and the empirical analysis of more recent versions, its chapters discuss a wide range of issues from justice and value to embodiment and affectivity. The authors draw on analytic, continental, and pragmatic resources to demonstrate how phenomenology is an important resource for questions of personal existence and social life. The book concludes by considering how the future of phenomenology relates (...)
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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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    The Future of Religion.J. Aaron Simmons - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (2):524-528.
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    Vision Without Image.J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Southwest Philosophy Review 25 (1):23-31.
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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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    David Newheiser: Hope In A Secular Age: Deconstruction, Negative Theology, And The Future Of Faith. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2021 - Faith and Philosophy 38 (3):391-396.
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    Echoes of Responsibility in Merleau-Ponty’s Ecology and Levinas’s Ethics. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2009 - Environmental Philosophy 6 (2):96-99.
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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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    Review of Calvin O. Schrag, Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political, ed. Michael R. Paradiso-Michau: Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-7391-4593-7, hb, 214pp. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2013 - Sophia 52 (3):557-559.
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    Review of Nick Trakakis, The End of Philosophy of Religion: London: Continuum, 2008, ISBN: 978-8470-6534-6, hb viii + 172pp. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2012 - Sophia 51 (3):407-410.
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    The New Kierkegaard. [REVIEW]J. Aaron Simmons - 2005 - Teaching Philosophy 28 (2):191-194.