publication . Article . 2010

D. Z. Phillips’ contemplations on religion and literature

Burley, M;
Open Access
  • Published: 16 Oct 2010 Journal: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, volume 71, pages 21-37 (issn: 0020-7047, eissn: 1572-8684, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper critically discusses D. Z. Phillips’ use of literary works as a resource for philosophical reflection on religion. Beginning by noting Phillips’ suggestion, made in relation to Waiting for Godot, that the possibilities of meaning that we see in a literary work can reveal something of our own religious sensibility, I then proceed to show what we learn about Phillips from his readings of certain works by Larkin, Tennyson, and Wharton. Through exploring alternative possible readings, I argue that, although Phillips’ discussions are of considerable philosophical interest, they undermine his claim to be deploying a purely contemplative hermeneutical method...
Subjects
free text keywords: Philosophy, Contemplation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sensibility, Epistemology
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