The concept of kenosis plays a prominent part in the 'return to religion' of the last decade. It comes up again and again in philosophical, ethical, and theological discussions. This book assembles a variety of contributions. Important points of reference are the notion of kenosis as it is traditionally discussed in theology and as it is applied in radical hermeneutics, particularly by Gianni Vattimo. Vattimo's hermeneutic philosophy deals with theological (kenosis as God's incarnation), philosophical (the postmodern weakening of central philosophical notions) and the ethical (kenosis as an ethical ideal) aspects of kenosis. This collection of essays focuses on two topics - how to read 'kenosis' and how to value Vattimo's thoughts about kenosis.