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Prayerful Dispossession and the Grammar of Thinking Theologically: Sarah Coakley and Gillian Rose

Kirkland, Scott A. (2014) Prayerful Dispossession and the Grammar of Thinking Theologically: Sarah Coakley and Gillian Rose. New Blackfriars, 95 (1060). pp. 662-673. ISSN 0028-4289

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Abstract

Gillian Rose’s re-thinking of Hegel in the wake of twentieth century ‘right’ and ‘left’ wing Hegelianisms has offered occasion for a recovery of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit as more than simply the narration of the way consciousness absorbs its objects, as textbook accounts often suggest. Rose’s suggestion is that Hegel offers a program of radical criticism that destabilises the modern ego in speculative thought itself. Sarah Coakley’s recent first volume, of a proposed four, of her systematic theology triangulating Trinity, prayer and dispossessive spiritual practices provides a fruitful dialogue partner for Rose’s project in that Coakley offers a mode of thinking about prayer deeply attentive to the shape of spiritual discipline and it’s relation to theological grammar. This paper contests that it is precisely in the non-objectivity of divine being, as thought by Rose and Coakley, that we find resources for conceptualising thinking itself as a dispossessive spiritual act. The theological and the spiritual (theory and praxis) cannot, therefore, be partitioned out without violence being done to the act of thinking itself.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Sarah Coakley, Gillian Rose, Prayer, Kenosis
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220306 Feminist Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Scott Kirkland
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 04:05
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2017 06:44
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2115

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