Word is circulating that radical theologian D. G. Leahy passed away yesterday. He is probably best known to AUFS readers as someone whose thought has been enormously influential on Thomas Altizer, just as Altizer’s writings deeply influenced Leahy.
His dense books include Novitas Mundi, Foundation, and Faith & Philosophy. He continued to write after these works, including two recent books Beyond Sovereignty and The Cube Unlike All Others. His website was updated with new material as recently as March, 2014. (His website used to have a great essay on gender, which seems to have been taken down, and may be part of one of the new books.) He founded the New York Philosophy Corporation, where he taught courses.
I never met Leahy, but I had a few e-mail exchanges with him regarding my dissertation as I was finalizing it back in 2008.
A short obituary may be found here. H/T to Justin Leavitt Pearl for posting this news on the Radical Theology group on Facebook.
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Thanks for posting this. I hadn’t heard.
D. G. Leahy was a difficult thinker & personality, to say the least. But at his best — Novitas Mundi — he was, and remains, stellar. The rhetorical bluster of his thinking “now occurring,” as he would say, and the arcane nature of Foundation did him no favors, in terms of a wider reading. But I hope some continue to stumble upon him. RIP, indeed.
It is difficult to talk about Leahy’s ideas for me with any sense of authority, but the concepts of the thinking now occurring, absolute hymen, absolute dead center are for me fruitfully challenging. And it still amazes me that his essay “To Create an Absolute Edge” found its way into the JAAR (57.4, 1989).
I do wish I understood the numerical concepts, someone once told me to just ignore this aspect of his work, but it’s awfully hard to ignore it, as it’s clear that he believed he had discovered something totally new and that it is essential to the larger whole. Even to the point that he self-published a full-color book of diagrams of the cube. But I would love to have someone explain it in more plain language.
Can somebody help me locate a lecture by D.G. Leahy which I found last year in the YouTube. It was a recording of a classroom lecture which was uploaded. It would be great, if someone has an idea about it and just post the link. Thanks
Let me see if I can find it. I recently did see a long lecture with him speaking with another person which was very interesting. I will be posting another Leahy-related post in the coming days, also.
It’s been a long time since I read it, but I recall Leahy’s lecture about the “Analogical Donut” making my head spin once upon a time. Enough, in fact, that I excerpted chunks of it the precursor to AUFS.
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