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Review Article Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 39 (2009) 135–163 143 Heard, Seen, and Touched John Panteleimon Manoussakis. God after Metaphysics: A Th eological Aesthetic . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. xiii + 213 pp. Metaphysics has tried long and hard to do its best by God. To take just three quite diff erent examples: we remember Aristotle’s consideration in the Meta- physics of a divine being, the theion , as “the fi rst and most fundamental prin- ciple,” Hegel’s quest in his Science of Logic (1831) to give an exposition of God “as he is in his eternal essence before the creation of nature and a fi nite mind,” 1 and the work of contemporary analytic philosophers, for some of whom the philosophy of religion is mostly applied metaphysics. Th e sense and function of “metaphysics” is not the same in each of these instances. Aris- totle took himself to be studying being qua being; Hegel maintained that logic (as a speculative, dialectical science) “coincides with Metaphysics, the science of things set and held in thoughts”; 2 and analytic philosophy, begin- ning with Peter Strawson, has largely prized descriptive metaphysics over revi- sionary metaphysics and has therefore mostly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Review Article

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 39 (1): 143 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916408X389668
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Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 39 (2009) 135–163 143 Heard, Seen, and Touched John Panteleimon Manoussakis. God after Metaphysics: A Th eological Aesthetic . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. xiii + 213 pp. Metaphysics has tried long and hard to do its best by God. To take just three quite diff erent examples: we remember Aristotle’s consideration in the Meta- physics of a divine being, the theion , as “the fi rst and most fundamental prin- ciple,” Hegel’s quest in his Science of Logic (1831) to give an exposition of God “as he is in his eternal essence before the creation of nature and a fi nite mind,” 1 and the work of contemporary analytic philosophers, for some of whom the philosophy of religion is mostly applied metaphysics. Th e sense and function of “metaphysics” is not the same in each of these instances. Aris- totle took himself to be studying being qua being; Hegel maintained that logic (as a speculative, dialectical science) “coincides with Metaphysics, the science of things set and held in thoughts”; 2 and analytic philosophy, begin- ning with Peter Strawson, has largely prized descriptive metaphysics over revi- sionary metaphysics and has therefore mostly

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