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Intersubjectivity and Reciprocal Causality within Contemporary Understanding of the God-World Relationship

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"Open Theology" invites submissions for the topical issue "Intersubjectivity and Reciprocal Causality within Contemporary Understanding of the God-World Relationship," edited by Joseph A. Bracken (Xavier University, USA).


Relationality and intersubjectivity are terms frequently used in contemporary systematic theology.  Both terms seemingly presuppose a more socially oriented approach to reality, a new awareness of the interconnectedness of everything with everything else in this world.  Likewise, contemporary Trinitarian theology is being rethought in a more communitarian context.  The divine persons are increasingly depicted as engaged in intersubjective relations both with one another and with all their creatures.  But, given the attractiveness of this new communitarian approach to the God-world relationship, is it upon closer analysis anything more than  a figure of speech? Could  intersubjectivity instead be understood as the  paradigm or governing concept  for a new metaphysics, a new rational scheme for how individual entities, big and small, relate to one another in this world so as to constitute a universe or cosmic totality? Then, rethinking  how human beings  relate to one another on a daily basis, can one draw inferences as to how intersubjectivity could likewise be at work  in the Christian God-world relation? 

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Publication costs should be covered by so called Article Processing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. Authors who would like to apply for discounts or free publication are asked to discuss it with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com) before submitting their article.


Submissions are due June 31, 2018. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/
Please choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Intersubjectivity and Reciprocal Causality”.
Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006579_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf
All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Joseph A. Bracken at bracken@xavier.edu. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.