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Title: William Desmond's Philosophical Theology
Author(s): NEVILLE, Robert Cummings
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 36 Issue: 2-3 Date: 2012
In this essay William Desmond’s metaxological approach is compared to the author’s notion of ‘harmony’. Harmonies demonstrate how things ‘fit’ or how thing are in complex layers of relationships, as well as the patterns that emerge in these relationships. He argues that both his conception of harmonies and the metaxological way deal with the overdeterminate quality of existence, or its too-muchness. He also describes how this understanding impacts views of ontology, creation and the creator God with some likenesses to Desmond’s metaxological understanding of these elements. However, the author challenges Desmond’s approach for not considering itself a hypothesis among other competing hypotheses, and for developing his philosophy mainly within the Christian tradition of theology, not giving consideration to other religious traditions or schools of thought. His claim is that this makes his position more true to a positive sense of being ‘between’ than Desmond’s own.