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    Leonard Cohen, Philosopher

    Rosemann, Philipp W. (2018) Leonard Cohen, Philosopher. Maynooth Philosophical Papers, 9. pp. 1-20. ISSN 2009-7751

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    This paper, which the author delivered as his inaugural lecture as the Chair of Philosophy at Maynooth University, explores the relationship between philosophy, poetry, and religion. Through a line-by-line interpretation of Leonard Cohen's song 'Steer Your Way', it discovers the poet in a space between postmodern disillusionment and a desire for faith. What opens Cohen to the latter is specifically the experience of pain and brokenness, which lead him to the figure of Jesus. The paper concludes with a reflection on Richard Kearney's notion of 'anatheism', the return to a 'God after God'.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Leonard Cohen; popular music; philosophy of religion;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 10347
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    Depositing User: Philipp W. Rosemann
    Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 14:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: Maynooth University Department of Philosophy
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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