Richard Kearney

Charles B. Seelig Professor in Philosophy
Boston College


Recent Books

Salvage, 2023Thinking Film: Philosophy at the Movies (with M.E. Littlejohn), 2023
Anacarnation and Returning to the Lived Body with Richard Kearney ed. Brian Treanor and James L. Taylor, 2023.Theopoetics and Religious Difference: A Dialogue with Richard Kearney, John D. Caputo and Catherine Keller (Marius van Hoogstraten, 2020).
Radical Hospitality:
From Thought to Action

with Melissa Fitzpatrick
Touch: Recovering Our Most
Vital Sense

Imagination Now: A Richard Kearney Reader
ed. M.E. Littlejohn
Somatic Desire:
Recovering Corporeality in Contemporary Thought

Debating Otherness with Richard Kearney: Perspectives from South Africa
ed. Yolande Steenkamp
Richard Kearney’s Anatheist Wager
ed. Matthew Clemente and
Chris Doude Van Troostwijk
The Art of Anatheism
eds. Richard Kearney
and Matthew Clemente
Twinsome Minds:
An Act of Double Remembrance

with visuals by Sheila Gallagher
Carnal Hermeneutics
eds. Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor
Reimagining the Sacred:
Richard Kearney Debates God

eds. Richard Kearney
and Jens Zimmermann
Tornare a Dio Dopo Dio

Dieu est mort,
vive Dieu

The Returning to God After God

Collected Irish Essays

Debates in Continental Philosophy
On Paul Ricoeur:
The Owl of Minerva


Trilogy: Philosophy at the Limit

Strangers, Gods and Monsters
On Stories
The God Who May Be

Other Books

Poétique du possibleStates of Mind: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers on the European Mind
Poetics of ModernityVisions of Europe
Poetics of Imagining: Modern and PostmodernThe Wake of Imagination
Transition: Narratives in Modern Irish CultureModern Movements in European Philosophy
Dialogues with Contemporary Continental ThinkersIl Desiderio e Dio (with Ghistlain LaFont)
Postnationalist Ireland: Politics, Culture, Philosophy

Essay Monographs

Heidegger’s Three GodsMyth and Motherland
Ravishing Far/Near (essay by Richard Kearney on the art of Sheila Gallagher)

Fiction & Poetry

Walking at Sea Level
Sam’s Fall
Angel of Patrick’s Hill

Edited Volumes

Somatic Desire:
Recovering Corporeality in Contemporary Thought

The Art of Anatheism
eds. Richard Kearney
and Matthew Clemente
Reimagining the Sacred:
Debating God with Richard Kearney

Carnal Hermeneutics
eds. Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor
Phenomenologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and HospitalityHosting the Stranger: Between Religions
Traversing the Heart: Journeys of the Inter-religious ImaginationHeidegger et la Question de Dieu
Heidegger et la Question de Dieu; second edition. Preface by J.-Y. Lacoste.Paul Ricoeur: The Hermeneutics of Action
The Irish Mind: Exploring Intellectual
Migrations: The Irish at Home and Abroad
Continental AestheticsContinental Philosophy in the 20th Century
The Continental Philosophy ReaderThe No Word Image
The Crane Bag, Vol. IThe Crane Bag, Vol II
Across the Frontiers: Ireland in the 1990sQuestioning Ethics: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy
Christianity Not MysteriousPaul Ricoeur: Les métamorphoses de la raison hermeneutique
The Black Book: An Analysis of Third Level Education

Chapters & Articles in Books

‘Theism, Atheism, Anatheism’ in
The Experience of Atheism:
Phenomenology, Metaphysics and Religion
‘What Happened to Touch?’ in Pandemic, Ecology and Theology: Perspectives on COVID-19, 2020
‘Foreword” in Transforming the Theological Turn: Phenomenology with Emmanuel Falque, 2020
‘Foreword: The Swing Door of the Flesh’ in Paul Ricoeur and the Lived Body
‘What is Just? (Ou Justesse),’ an interview with Jean-François Lyotard in J-F Lyotard: The Interviews and Debates‘The Gift of Creation’ in William Desmond’s Philosophy between Metaphysics, Religion, Ethics, and Aesthetics
‘Exploring Imagination with Paul Ricœur’
in Stretching the Limits of
Productive Imagination
‘Vertical Time: Bachelard’s Epiphanic Instant’
in Adventures in Phenomenology
‘Writing Trauma: Narrative Catharsis
in Homer, Shakespeare, and Joyce’ in
In the Wake of Trauma:
Psychology and Philosophy
for the Suffering Other
‘Thinking the Flesh with Paul Ricœur’ in
Hermeneutics and Phenomenology’ in Paul Ricoœur:
Between Text and Phenomenon
‘Gastlichkeit –
zwischen Möglichkeit und Unmöglichkeit’
in Perspektiven europäischer Gastlichkeit
‘Ricœur’s Wager of Flesh:
Between Phenomenology and Hermeneutics’ in
Paul Ricœur in the Age of Hermeneutical Reason:
Poetics, Praxis, and Critique
‘Mystical Eucharistics:
Abhishiktananda and Teilhard de Chardin’
in Mysticism in the French Tradition:
Eruptions from France
‘Epiphanies in Joyce’ in
Voices on Joyce
‘What is Carnal Hermeneutics?’ in
New Literary History
‘Writing Trauma: Catharsis in Homer, Shakespeare and Joyce’ in
Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity and Healing
‘Toward an Open Eucharist’
in Ritual Participation and Interreligious Dialogue
‘La Hospitalidad: ¿Es Posible O Imposible?’ in
La Verdad Nos Hace Libres
‘Épiphanies. Hopkins, Scotus, Joyce’
Métaphysique et christianisme: Vingtième anniversaire de la Chaire Étienne Gilson

‘Derrida and Messianic Atheism’ in The Trace of God: Derrida and Religion
‘Memory in Irish Culture: an Exploration’ in Memory Ireland Vol. 3 The Famine and the Troubles‘Forgiveness at the Limit – Impossible or Possible?’ in What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the 20th Century
‘Eucharistic Imaginings in Proust and Woolf’ in Material Spirit: Religion and Literature Intranscendent‘Eucharistic Imagination in Merleau-Ponty and James Joyce’ in Human Destinies Philosophical Essays in Memory of Gerald Hanratty
‘Introduction’ in The Poetics of Space‘Between Oneself and Another’ in Between Suspicion and Sympathy: Paul Ricoeur’s Unstable Equilibrium, ed. Andrzej Wiercinski
‘Spectres of Hamlet’ in Spiritual Shakespeares, ed. Ewan Ferni‘Kierkegaard on Hamlet’ in The New Kierkegaard, ed. Elsebet Jegstrup
‘Narrative and the Ethics of Remembrance’ in Imagination and its Pathologies, ed. James Phillips and James Morley
‘On the Hermeneutics of Evil’ in ‘Paul Ricoeur’, Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale
‘Khora or God?’ in A Passion for the Impossible: John D. Caputo in Focus, ed. Mark Doole
‘Time, Evil, and Narrative: Ricoeur on Augustine’ in Augustine and Postmodernism: Confessions and Circumfession, ed. J. Caputo and M. Scanlo
‘Vers une herméneutique diacritique du passage: En dialogue avec Jean Greisch’ in Le Souci du Passage‘A Postnational Council of Isles? The British-Irish Conflict Reconsidered’ in The Shape of the New Europe, ed. R. Rogowski and C. Turner
‘Entrevista: Paul Ricoeur con Richard Kearney’ in Fenomenologia por decir : Homenaje a Paul Ricoeur, ed. Patricio M. Malet‘Thinking after Terror: An Interreligious Challenge’, with response to commentators, in Journal of the Interdisciplinary Crossroads, April, 2005.
Foreword to the New Edition in From Text to Action: Essays in Hermeneutics, II, by Paul Ricoeur‘Paul Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Translation’ in Research in Phenomenology. vol. 37 (2007) 147-159
‘Memory, History, Story: Between Poetics and Ethics’ in Shadows of the Gunnmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland, eds. Danine Farquharson and Sean FarrellReviews of The God Who May Be: A Hermeneutics of Religion in Modern Theology, Vol. 18, No. 1
‘Hamlet’s Ghost and Gods’ in The Irish Reader, ed. Michael Hinds, Peter Denman & Margaret Kelleher‘Faith in Hermeneutics’ in With Gifted Thinkers, ed. Mark Manolopoulos
‘Memory and Forgetting in Irish Culture’ in Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present, ed. Hedda Friberg, Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Yding Pedersen‘Between the Prophetic and the Sacramental’ in Gazing Through a Prism Darkly: Reflections on Merold Westphal’s Hermeneutical Epistemology, ed. B. Keith Put
‘Re-imagining God’ in Transcendence and Beyond: A Postmodern Inquiry, ed. J. D. Caputo and Michael J. Scanlon‘Exchanging Memories: Between Poetics and Ethics’ in Architecture, Ethics and the Personhood of Place, ed G. C. Caicco.

‘Returning to God After God: Levinas, Derrida, Ricoeur’ in Research in Phenomenology, Vol 39, No. 2. 2009

‘Heart Mysteries’ in The Japan Mission Journal

‘Sacramental Imagination and Eschatology’ in Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now, ed. Neal DeRoo and J.P. Manoussakis
‘Ricoeur and Biblical Hermeneutics: On Post-Religious Faith’ in Ricoeur Across the Disciplines, ed. Scott Davidson

‘Capable Man, Capable God’ in A Passion for the Possible: Thinking with Paul Ricoeur, eds. Brian Treanor and Henry Isaac Venema
‘Paul Ricoeur’ and ‘Aesthetics and Theology’ in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, ed. Daniel Patte
‘Desire: Between Good and Evil’ in Deliver Us From Evil, eds. M. David Eckel and Bradley L. Herling
‘Renarrating Irish Politcs in a European Context’ in Europeanisation and Hibernicisation: Ireland and Europe, eds. Cathal McCall and Thomas M. Wilson
‘Others and Aliens: Between Good and Evil’ in Evil after Postmodernism: Histories, Narratives, and Ethics, ed. Jennifer L. Geddes‘Poetics of a Possible God’ in Faith in the Enlightenment? The Critique of the Enlightenment Revisited, ed. Lieven Boeve, Joeri Schrijvers, Wessel Stoker, And Hendrik Vroom
‘Hermeneutics of the Possible God’ in Givenness and God: Questions of Jean-Luc Marion, ed. Ian Leask and Eoin Cassidy‘Merleau-Ponty and the Sacramentality of the Flesh’ in Merleau-Ponty at the Limits of Art, Religion, and Perception, Ed. Kascha Semonovitch and Neal DeRoo

‘The Challenge of Evil’ in Reading Ricoeur ed. David Kaplan
Sacred Stranger: Hostility or Hospitality’ in Politics and the Religious Imagination, ed. Jens Zimmermann, John Dyck, and Paul Rowe
‘Thinking After Terror: An Interreligious Challenge’ in Roots, Rites and Sites of Resistance: The Banality of Good, ed. Leonidas K. Cheliotis‘Paul’s Dunamis: Towards a Micro-Eschatology’ in St. Paul Among the Philosophers, ed. John Caputo
‘Sacremental Imagination: Eucharists of the Ordinary Universe in the Works of Joyce, Proust and Woolf’ in Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory, ed. Jens Zimmerman, Lynn Szabo, and Holly Nelson‘Interreligious Discourse: Hermeneutics and Fundamentalism’ in Violence and Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Conversation, ed. Emmanuel Clapsis
‘Beyond Conflict: Radical Hospitality and Religious Identity’ in Philosophy and the Return of Violence: Studies from this Widening Gyre ed. Nathan Eckstrand and Christopher Yates
‘Rights of Sacrifice’ in Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition
‘The God of the Possible: Towards a New Hermeneutics of Religion’ in Between the Human and the Divine: Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics‘Ricoeur’ in Blackwell’s A Companion to Continental Philosophy
‘Britain and Ireland: Towards a Post-Nationalist Archipelago’ in Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in a Comparative Perspective‘Re-Imagining God’ in Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland
‘Postnational Identities: a New Configuration’ in Empire and Terror: Nationalism/Postnationalism in the New Millennium‘The Crisis of Image: Levinas’s Ethical Response’ in The Ethics of Postmodernity: Current Trends in Continental Thought
‘Philosophizing the Gift: A Discussion Bewteen Richard Kearney and Mark Manolopous’ in The Hermeneutics of Charity: Interpretation, Selfhood, and Postmodern Faith‘Entre soi-même et un autre: l’herméneutique diacritique de Ricoeur’ in L’Herne
‘L’Autre et l’Étranger entre Derrida and Ricoeur’ in Philosopher en français‘Narrating Pain: The Ethics of Catharsis’ in Difficulties of Ethical Life
‘Interview with Richard Kearney’ in God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse Mediated by H.L. Hix‘L’homme capable – Dieu capable’ in L’homme capable autour de Paul Ricœur
‘Vers une herméneutique de la traduction’ in Paul Ricœur: De l’homme faillible à l’homme capable
‘Thinking After Terror: an Interreligious Challenge’ in Religion and Violence in a Secular World
‘Paul’s Notion of Dunamis’ in St. Paul: Between Athens and Jerusalem‘Testimony, Postmodernism, and Perversion: Interpreting Otherness (A Response by Richard Kearney to Eileen Rizo-Patrón, Brian Treanor, and John Manoussakis)’ in Tolerancia, Toleration, Tolerância, Interpreting the Experience of Tolerance

‘Re-imagining God’ in Trancedence and Beyond: A Postmodern Inquiry

‘Welcoming the Stranger’ in All Changed? Culture and Identity in Contemporary Ireland
‘Imagination Wanted: Dead or Alive’ in Samuel Beckett – 100 Years, Centenary Essays‘Translating Across Faith Cultures’ in Eco-ethica

‘Narrativa’ in Educacao & Realidade ‘Writing Trauma: Narrative Catharsis in Home, Shakespeare and Joyce’ in Giornale di Metafisica
‘God after God: An Anatheist attempt to Re-imagine God’ in Filosofia e Teologia‘Hospitality: the Foundation of Dialogue’ in Japan Mission Journal
‘Narrating Pain: The Power of Catharsis’ in Figures de Violence‘On the Hermeneutics of Evil’ in Reading Ricoeur

Books on Kearney’s Work

Anacarnation and Returning to the Lived Body with Richard Kearney
ed Brian Treanor and James L. Taylor
Theopoetics and Religious Difference: A Dialogue with Richard Kearney, John D. Caputo and Catherine Keller (Marius van Hoogstraten, 2020).
Debating Otherness with Richard Kearney: Perspectives from South Africa
ed Yolande Steenkamp
Richard Kearney’s Anatheist Wager
ed Matthew Clemente and
Chris Doude Van Troostwijk
The Art of Anatheism
ed Richard Kearney
and Matthew Clemente
Postmodern Apologetics?
(chapter on Richard Kearney)
Christina Geschwandtner
the Imaginary:
Richard Kearney
the Post-Modern
ed Peter Gratton and John Manoussakis
After God:
Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn
in Continental Philosophy

by John Manoussakis

Translations of Kearney’s Work

Korean translation of Anatheism: Returning to God After God, 2021Despre Povești 2020
Yabancılar, Tanrılar ve Canavarlar: Ötekiliği Yorumlamak, Turkish translation of Strangers, Gods and Monsters: Interpreting Otherness, 2018Revisionen des Heiligen, German translation of Reimagining the Sacred, 2019
Samův Pád, Czech Translation of Sam’s Fall, 1999Der Sündenfall, German translation of Sam’s Fall, 2019
Slovenian Translation
On Stories

Dieu est mort, vive Dieu: Une nouvelle idée du sacré pour le IIIe millénaire: l’anathéisme Préface de Frédéric Lenoir
Der Fremde Zwilling
Poética do PossívelXenoi, Theoi & Terata
Japanese Translation of Dialogues With Contemporary
Thinkers on the European Mind
La Paradoja Europea
La Chute de SamuelKorean Translation of Strangers, Gods and Monsters
HRA S Vodou, Czech Translation of PoemChinese Translation of On Stories
Russian Translation of States of Mind: Dialogues with Contemporary Continental ThinkersArabic Translation of On Stories
Zihnin Halleri Turkish Translation of Dialogues With Contemporary Continental
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