The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida

The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida

Religion without Religion
John D. Caputo
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/1997
Format: paper 416 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21112-5
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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 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 Westphal

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Passion for the Impossible
A Map for the Perplexed

I. The Apophatic
1. God Is Not différance
2. Dreaming the Impossible Dream: Derrida and Levinas on the Impossible
3. Affirmation at the Limits: How Not to Speak
4. Save the Name: Wholly Other Towards a General Apophatics

Edifying Divertissement No. 1. Bedeviling Faith

II. The Apocalyptic
5. Viens!
6. Messianic Time: Derrida and Blanchot
7. An Apocalypse sans Apocalypse, To Jacques of El Biar
8. The Secret

Edifying Divertissement No. 2. From Elea to Elohim: God of the Same, God of the Other

III. The messianic
9. Of Marx and the Messiah
10. Messianic Passion and the Religion of Saint Jacques
11. Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone (Almost)

IV. The Gift
12. The Time of Giving and Forgiving

Edifying Divertissement No. 3. Traditions and the World-Play
13. Abraham’s Gift
14. Abraham and the Pharisees

Edifying Divertissement No. 4. Deconstruction and the Kingdom of God

V. Circumcision
15. Hegel and the Jews

Edifying Divertissement No. 5. Deferring Incarnation—and Jesus the Jew
16. Circumcision
17. Is Deconstruction Really a Jewish science?

VI. Confession
18. The Son of These Tears: The Confession of Jacques de la Rue-Augustin

Edifying Divertissement No. 6. A Prayer
19. These Weeping Eyes, Those Seeing Tears: The Faith of Jacques Derrida

Conclusion: A Passion for God
Bibliography on Derrida and Religion