Title: The Movement of Nothingness: Trust in the Emptiness of TimeEditors: Daniel M. Price and Ryan J. JohnsonImprint: The Davies Group, Publisherssoft cover388 pp. USD 28.00ISBN 978-1934542293November 2012This collection explores the recent turn to theology in the Continental Tradition as a result of the critique of presence, and the corresponding need to engage with nothingness. The world emerges from out of nothing, from out of that which is not (at least, is not yet). Nothingness, in other words, is transformative. Eleven scholars examine the ways that the emptiness of experience can claim our trust. From thoughtful engagement with the principle texts of diverse theological, philosophical and literary traditions to deeply skeptical accounts of the manipulation of our anxieties, these authors chronicle a new understanding of the movement of nothingness. By insisting on the ultimate framelessness of the question, while moving across numerous fields to stake the argument, the work shows why that tradition of thinking remains relevant for our increasingly technological world. The collection includes never before published work and one never before translated piece.ContentsIntroductionTwo BeginningsThe Empty Metaphysics of LiteratureThe Apocalyptic: Trust, a Task, and a JokeBeginningsJason Wirth, One Bright Pearl: On Japanese Aesthetic ExpressivityThomas Altizer, The Transfiguration of Nothingness Bettina Bergo, Weininger and the (Political) Problem of CategoriesRyan Johnson, Shadowplay in Nietzschean OpticsAngelica Nuzzo, How does Nothing(ness) Move? Hegel’s Challenge to Embodied thinkingThe Empty Metaphysics of LiteratureJohn Harvey, Walking into Nothing: Directing Samuel Beckett’s FootfallsAndrew Cutrofello, Hamlet’s NihilismAllessandro Carrera, The Consistency of Nothingness: Leopardi’s Struggle with Solido NullaAndrew Hass, The Poetics of 0 (as Nothing)The ApocalypticDaniel Price, Weak Fathers: Sartre’s Absent JokePetra Carlsson, Post-Representational TheologyAstrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Generating the Future: Apocalyptic Forms of Speech in Hermann Cohen’s WorkWhat They SaidAs The Movement of Nothingness resoundingly testifies, far from being relegated to an obscure metaphysical concept in the current age, the question of nothingness lies at the center of our deepest thinking about existence and who we are. Adventurous and provocative, this scintillating text takes the reader on an journey that traverses culture from East to West, and critically engages with the disciplines of philosophy, theology, and literature, staging conversations with thinkers ranging from the ancient Greeks, Eckhart, and Dōgen to Hegel and Nietzsche, from Shakespeare and Leopardi to Auden and Beckett, to more recent theorists such as Heidegger and Sartre to Derrida, Blanchot, and Deleuze. Following in the wake of the apocalyptic proclamation of the death of God, the insightful essays in this text signal an equally apocalyptic new beginning for both thinking and living. — Brian SchroederProfessor of Philosophy and Director of Religious StudiesRochester Institute of TechnologyThe EditorsDaniel Price teaches at the University of Houston, Honors College, and is the author of Touching Difficulty: Sacred Form from Plato to Derrida.Ryan Johnson is a Ph.D. student at Duquesne University, working in the Continental Tradition and focusing on ontology and aesthetics.