Philosophy professor Simmons publishes new book about God, ethics and politics

November 15, 2011 | Vince Moore

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by Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer

J. Aaron Simmons, an assistant professor of philosophy at Furman University, has written a new book about God, ethics and politics.

In God and the Other: Ethics and Politics after the Theological Turn, Simmons proposes a model of postmodern religious belief and ethical existence. The book is published by Indiana University Press.

In his book, Simmons builds on the work of such postmodern philosophers as Søren Kierkegaard, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Marion and Jacques Derrida, among others, and suggests how Continental philosophy of religion can intersect with political philosophy, environmental philosophy and theories of knowledge.

Jeffrey Dudiak of Kings University College in Edmonton says that Simmons “combines solid research with thoughtful consideration of the issues” and calls the book “informative, challenging and provocative.”

Simmons joined the Furman faculty in 2011. A graduate of Lee University, he holds M.A. degrees from Florida State University and Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.  He has also taught at Vanderbilt, The University of the South and Hendrix College, and is co-editor of Levinas and Kierkegaard: Ethics, Politics, and Religion, published by Indiana University Press in 2008.

For more information about God and the Other, go to http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/ or contact Simmons in the philosophy department at 864-294-3526 or aaron.simmons@furman.edu.