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By Mark Dooley

ISBN-10: 0791456870

ISBN-13: 9780791456873

Featuring the 1st systematic appraisal of the idea of John D. Caputo, considered one of America’s most precious and arguable continental thinkers, this publication brings jointly the world over well known philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics. One spotlight of the paintings is an interview with Jacques Derrida during which Derrida talks candidly approximately his response to Caputo’s writings and spells out the results for faith and the query of God after deconstruction. Caputo responds to the troubles expressed by way of his interlocutors within the comparable funny, erudite, and hard spirit for which he's identified. the result's a full of life and stimulating debate, masking subject matters within the philosophy of faith, deconstruction, political philosophy, feminism, and hermeneutics, in addition to matters surrounding the paintings of Aquinas, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and Rorty.

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That is something the Voice would never abide. It has Abraham and puts him in the accusative; it will suffer no counter-accusation or cross-examination itself, and it is not about to trade places with Abraham so that Abraham can see what is going on. It has come to put Abraham to the test, not to be tested itself. 20 Abraham has been sent a message from who knows where and now it is up to Abraham to do what he must do. God and Anonymity 13 This was surely none of Abraham’s doing, not his idea, no egological project of his own.

It is true that I was a young Augustinian Jew from El Biar. I could not deny this. I was born Jewish, I was circumcised, and I tried to understand what was going on with circumcision. This happened in a very specific and singular situation historically, that is, in a Jewish community in the colony of French Algeria in the thirties and forties. This is irreplaceable. Not only am I a Jew, but a Jew of this generation, of the suburb of Algiers, one who was ten years of age when the war broke out, one who was expelled from school, and one who read Saint Augustine one day and felt that he had to write this text, Circumfession.

Sometimes prophets foresee catastrophe. In fact, almost all of them foresee catastrophe! So this is a permanent Stimmung: I am a prophet without prophecy, a prophet without being a prophet. Against the background of this permanent Stimmung, it is true to say that during the last ten years or so, something in the content of the texts— especially in the theme of the “to come,” the reference to messianicity, and the reference to justice as different from the law—is more explicitly recognizable as being intrinsically or structurally prophetic, that is, pointing to what is “to come,” which is not the future, in a certain way.

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