God and the Philosophers: A Newsletter from James K.A. Smith
“How does the deity enter into philosophy, not just modern philosophy, but philosophy as such?”
So asked Martin Heidegger in his famous essay on “The Onto-Theo-Logical Constitution of Metaphysics.” From Plato to Derrida, philosophy keeps bumping up against God. This newsletter, in the spirit of Maria Popova’s “Brainpickings,” is a semi-monthly sampler of the way God shows up in philosophy. Each newsletter will focus on one philosopher, and generally one text, highlighting questions of God and religion. We will range and bounce across the history of philosophy: one week we’ll look at Socrates, the next week perhaps Sartre. Your inbox will be a site of philosophical surprise.
This newsletter is for those interested in liberal arts learning for life. It will assume philosophical interest, not philosophical expertise.