American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly vol:87 issue:3 pages:411-432
Recently, William Desmond’s metaxological philosophy is gaining popularity since it proposes a powerful counterweight to the dominance of deconstruction in certain areas of contemporary philosophy of religion. This paper serves to introduce Desmond’s philosophy and confront it with one specific form of Postmodern theology, namely John Caputo’s ‘weak theology’. Since Desmond’s philosophy is – while thought-provoking and refreshing – not well known, a substantial part of this paper is devoted to fleshing out its central concepts: perplexity, metaxology and hyperbolic indirection. Afterwards, I will argue for the advantages of a metaphysical (Desmond) over a deconstructive (Caputo) approach to philosophy of religion/God.