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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 24, Issue 1, 2012

Matthew T. Eggemeier
Pages 23-48

Lévinas and Ricoeur on the Possibility of God after the End of Theodicy

This essay examines Lévinas and Ricoeur’s criticisms of the project of theodicy and analyzes their attempts to figure an approach to God that survives the end of theodicy in terms of ethics (Lévinas) or hope (Ricoeur). In conclusion, it is argued that while both thinkers engage in the important task of disassociating God from the justificatory practices of theodicy, Ricoeur’s hope in the God of the future offers more ample resources for theological appropriation than Lévinas’s approach to God within the limits of ethics alone.

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