Margins of Religion

Margins of Religion

Between Kierkegaard and Derrida
John Llewelyn
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22033-2
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Pursuing Jacques Derrida's reflections on the possibility of "religion without religion," John Llewelyn makes room for a sense of the religious that does not depend on the religions or traditional notions of God or gods. Beginning with Derrida's statement that it was Kierkegaard to whom he remained most faithful, Llewelyn reads Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, Deleuze, Marion, as well as Kierkegaard and Derrida, in original and compelling ways. Llewelyn puts religiousness in vital touch with the struggles of the human condition, finding religious space in the margins between the secular and the religions, transcendence and immanence, faith and knowledge, affirmation and despair, lucidity and madness. This provocative and philosophically rich account shows why and where the religious matters.

Author Bio

John Llewelyn is former Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of several books, including Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas (IUP, 2002) and Seeing Through God (IUP, 2004).


“There is nothing comparable to this book within contemporary continental philosophy of religion.”
 — David Kangas, University of California, Berkeley

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Table of Contents



Part 1
1. On the Borderline of Madness
2. Stay!
3. Philosophical Fragments
4. Standstill
5. Works of Love
Part 2
6. Between Appearance and Reality
7. Love of Fate
8. God's Ghost
9. Innocent Guilt
10. Origins of Negation
11. Negation of Origins
12. Love of Wisdom and Wisdom of Love
Part 3
13. Oversights
14. Oasis
15. Between the Quasi-transcendental and the Instituted
16. Eucharistics
17. The World Is More Than It Is