God, the Gift, and Postmodernism

God, the Gift, and Postmodernism

Edited by John D. Caputo and Michael J. Scanlon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1999
Format: paper 336 pages, 1 index
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21328-0
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Pushing past the constraints of postmodernism which cast "reason" and"religion" in opposition, God, the Gift, and Postmodernism, seizes the opportunity to question the authority of "the modern" and open the limits of possible experience, including the call to religious experience, as a new millennium approaches. Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, engages with Jean-Luc Marion and other religious philosophers to entertain
questions about intention, givenness, and possibility which reveal the extent to which deconstruction is structured like religion. New interpretations of Kant, Heidegger, Husserl, and Derrida emerge from essays and discussions with distinguished philosophers and theologians from the United States and Europe. The result is that God, the Gift, and Postmodernism elaborates a radical phenomenology that stretches the limits of its possibility and explores areas where philosophy and religion have become increasingly and surprisingly convergent.

Contributors include: John D. Caputo, John Dominic Crossan, Jacques Derrida, Robert Dodaro, Richard Kearney, Jean-Luc Marion, Frangoise Meltzer, Michael J. Scanlon, Mark C. Taylor, David Tracy, Merold Westphal
and Edith Wyschogrod.

Author Bio

John D. Caputo is David R. Cook Chair of
Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, Against Ethics, and Demythologizing Heidegger.

Michael J. Scanlon is Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Theology at Villanova University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Apology for the Impossible: Religion and Postmodernism John
D. Caputo and Michael J. Scanlon
1. In the Name: How to Avoid Speaking of 'Negative Theology' Jean-Luc
Response by Jacques Derrida
2. On the Gift: A Discussion between Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion
Moderated by Richard Kearney
3. Loose Canons: Augustine and Derrida on Their Selves Robert Dodaro
4. Desire of God Richard Kearney
5. Overcoming Onto-theology Merold Westphal
6. Fragments: The Spiritual Situation of Our Times David Tracy
7. Apostles of the Impossible: On God and the Gift in Derrida and Marion
John D. Caputo
8. A Deconstruction of Religion: On Derrida and Rahner Michael J. Scanlon
9. Betting on Vegas Mark C. Taylor
10. Eating the Text, Defiling the Hands: Specters in Arnold Schoenberg's
Opera Moses and Aron Edith Wyschogrod
11. Revisiting the Body: Virginity Secularized Frangoise Meltzer
12. Our Own Faces in Deep Wells: A Future for Historical Jesus Research
John Dominic Crossan