The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida

The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida : Religion without Religion

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Caputo's book is riveting.... A singular achievement of stylistic brio and impeccable scholarship, it breaks new ground in making a powerful case for treating Derrida as homo religiosis.... There can be no mistaking the importance of Caputo's work." -Edith WyschogrodNo one interested in Derrida, in Caputo, or in the larger question of postmodernism and religion can afford to ignore this pathbreaking study. Taking full advantage of the most recent and least discussed writings of Derrida, it offers a careful and comprehensive account of the religious dimension of Derrida's thought." -Merold Westphalshow more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 30mm | 680.39g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253211123
  • 9780253211125
  • 309,797

About John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo is David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction, and the Hermeneutic Project; Against Ethics: Contributions to a Poetics of Obligation with Constant Reference to Deconstruction; and Demythologizing Heidegger.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: A Passion for the ImpossibleA Map for the PerplexedI. The Apophatic1. God Is Not differance2. Dreaming the Impossible Dream: Derrida and Levinas on the Impossible3. Affirmation at the Limits: How Not to Speak4. Save the Name: Wholly Other Towards a General Apophatics Edifying Divertissement No. 1. Bedeviling FaithII. The Apocalyptic5. Viens!6. Messianic Time: Derrida and Blanchot7. An Apocalypse sans Apocalypse, To Jacques of El Biar8. The Secret Edifying Divertissement No. 2. From Elea to Elohim: God of the Same, God of the OtherIII. The messianic9. Of Marx and the Messiah10. Messianic Passion and the Religion of Saint Jacques11. Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone (Almost)IV. The Gift12. The Time of Giving and Forgiving Edifying Divertissement No. 3. Traditions and the World-Play13. Abraham's Gift14. Abraham and the Pharisees Edifying Divertissement No. 4. Deconstruction and the Kingdom of GodV. Circumcision15. Hegel and the Jews Edifying Divertissement No. 5. Deferring Incarnation-and Jesus the Jew16. Circumcision17. Is Deconstruction Really a Jewish science?VI. Confession18. The Son of These Tears: The Confession of Jacques de la Rue-Augustin Edifying Divertissement No. 6. A Prayer19. These Weeping Eyes, Those Seeing Tears: The Faith of Jacques DerridaConclusion: A Passion for GodBibliography on Derrida and Religionshow more

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"... the most thorough and illuminating study to date of the decisive role played by the religious within Jacques Derrida's writings." Journal of Religion "The question of the relation between Derrida and religion has gradually been attracting attention. Caputo ... offers us here what may be the definitive study of this issue... Highly recommended." Choice "The book is a feast of wordplay, but it is wordplay the mind can feed on... a landmark publication." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Caputo's book is riveting... A singular achievement of stylistic brio and impeccable scholarship, it breaks new ground in making a powerful case for treating Derrida as homo religiosis... There can be no mistaking the importance of Caputo's work." -- Edith Wyschogrod "No one interested in Derrida, in Caputo, or in the larger question of postmodernism and religion can afford to ignore this pathbreaking study. Taking full advantage of the most recent and least discussed writings of Derrida, it offers a careful and comprehensive account of the religious dimension of Derrida's thought." -- Merold Westphalshow more

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