Augustine and Postmodernism

Augustine and Postmodernism : Confessions and Circumfession

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At the heart of the current surge of interest in religion among contemporary Continental philosophers stands Augustine's Confessions. With Derrida's Circumfession constantly in the background, this volume takes up the provocative readings of Augustine by Heidegger, Lyotard, Arendt, and Ricoeur. Derrida himself presides over and comments on essays by major Continental philosophers and internationally recognized Augustine scholars. While studies on and about Augustine as a philosopher abound, none approach his work from such a uniquely postmodern point of view, showing both the continuing relevance of Augustine and the religious resonances within postmodernism. Posed at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and religious studies, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of Augustine as well as those interested in the invigorating discussion between philosophy, religion, and postmodernism.Contributors include Geoffrey Bennington, Philippe Capelle, John D. Caputo, Elizabeth A. Clark, Hent de Vries, Jacques Derrida, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Richard Kearney, Catherine Malabou, James O'Donnell, Michael J. Scanlon, and Mark Vessey.Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion-Merold Westphal, general editorshow more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 408.24g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253217318
  • 9780253217318
  • 685,033

About John D Caputo

John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. He is also David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of More Radical Hermeneutics (IUP, 2000) and The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida (IUP, 1997).Michael J. Scanlon, O.S.A., is Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Christian Theology at Villanova University. He is co-editor with John Caputo of God, the Gift, and Postmodernism (IUP, 1999) and Questioning God (IUP, 2001).show more

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Postmodern Augustine John D. Caputo and Michael J. ScanlonPart I. After the Event1. Composing "Circumfession" Jacques Derrida2. Confessions and "Circumfession": A Roundtable Discussion with Jacques Derrida Moderated by Richard KearneyPart II. Confessions and Circumfession3. Time-for the Truth Geoffrey Bennington4. Instances: Temporal Modes from Augustine to Derrida and Lyotard Hent de VriesResponse by Jacques Derrida5. Shedding Tears Beyond Being: Derrida's Confession of Prayer John D. Caputo6. Heidegger: Reader of Augustine Philippe CapelleResponse by Jacques Derrida7. The Form of an "I" Catherine MalabouResponse by Jacques Derrida8. Time, Evil, and Narrative: Ricoeur on Augustine Richard Kearney9. Arendt's Augustine Michael J. Scanlon10. Reading like Angels: Derrida and Augustine on the Book (for a History of Literature) Mark VesseyResponse by Jacques Derrida11. Augustine's Unconfessions James J. O'Donnell12. On Not Retracting the Unconfessed Elizabeth A. Clark13. Why Augustine? Why Now? Jean Bethke ElshtainContributors Indexshow more

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