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Re-Reading the Post-Kantian Tradition with Milbank

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The essay explores the meaning and implications of Milbank's claim that the post-Kantian presuppositions of modern theology must be eradicated. After defining and locating the post-Kantian element in the context of Milbank's broader concerns, the essay employs a comparison between Milbank and Barth to draw out the differences between radical orthodoxy and neo-orthodoxy with respect to the Kantian ideal of “mediation” between theology and culture. The essay concludes with comparisons of Milbank's metanarrative concerning “modern” thought with those offered by Hans Blumenberg and James Edwards. The effect is not only to suggest the apparent arbitrariness of Milbank's account, but also to indicate the evident futility of arguing with Milbank's theological position on the basis of alternative accounts of the post-Kantian tradition.

Keywords: Barth; Blumenberg; German idealism; Milbank, modernity; mediating theologies; nihilism; postmodernity

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2004


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