Neither Earth nor Air: Beyond Rootedness and Toward an Indexicalist Theology
Keywords:Bensusan, Bensusan's Indexicalism
This investigation explores questions of rootedness and pluralism through a comparative analysis of the thinking of Martin Heidegger, Hilan Bensusan, and Raimon Panikkar. Bensusan’s “metaphysics of the others” is akin to the active openness for which Heidegger himself would later advocate, but it also moves beyond Heidegger’s thinking by envisioning a rootedness that is simultaneously determined by and responsive to otherness. Bensusan’s indexicalism and his metaphysics of the others have many points of convergence with Panikkar’s pluralist theological ontology. After considering their respective and complementary approaches to thinking otherness, this investigation concludes by considering new possibilities for regrounding theological inquiry afforded by joining Panikkar and Bensusan’s rethinking of rootedness.
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