The Essential Caputo

The Essential Caputo

Selected Writings
Edited by B. Keith Putt
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/08/2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03222-5
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This landmark collection features selected writings by John D. Caputo, one of the most creative and influential thinkers working in the philosophy of religion today. B Keith Putt presents 21 of Caputo’s most significant contributions from his distinguished 40-year career. Putt’s thoughtful editing and arrangement highlights how Caputo's multidimensional thought has evolved from radical hermeneutics to radical theology. A guiding introduction situates Caputo's corpus within the context of debates in the Continental philosophy of religion and exclusive interview with him adds valuable information about his own views of his work.

Author Bio

B. Keith Putt is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is editor (with Clayton Crockett and Jeffrey W. Robbins) of The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion.

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. He is author of many books, including The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event, The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps, Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim, and Truth: Philosophy in Transit.


“[Putt's] organization of the material in this Caputo reader, along with his excellent introductory essay, does a very good job of presenting the scope, trajectory and significance of Caputo's work in hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology. ”
 — Reading Religion

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Table of Contents


Part One. Radical Hermeneutics: Reflections
1. The Repetition of Sacred Anarchy: Risking a Reading of Radical Hermeneutics / B. Keith Putt
2. From Sacred Anarchy to Political Theology: An Interview with John D. Caputo / Clayton Crockett
3. The Becoming Possible of the Impossible: An Interview with Jacques Derrida / Mark Dooley

Part Two. Radical Hermeneutics: Selections
§ 1 Pious Hermeneutics: From Aquinas to Heidegger
4. Meister Eckhart and the Later Heidegger: The Mystical Element in Heidegger’s Thought, Part One
5. Meister Eckhart and the Later Heidegger: The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought,
Part Two
6. Heidegger's "Dif-ference" and the Distinction Between Esse and Ens in St. Thomas
7. Demythologizing Heidegger: Altheia and the History of Being

§ 2 Cold Hermeneutics: From Phenomenology to Deconstruction
8. Hermeneutics as the Recovery of Man
9. Heidegger and Derrida: Cold Hermeneutics
10. On Not Knowing Who We Are: Madness, Hermeneutics, and the Night of Truth in Foucault
11. Beyond Aestheticism: Derrida's Responsible Anarchy
12. On Not Circumventing the/Quasi-Transcendental: The Case of Rorty and Derrida

§ 3 Devilish Hermeneutics: From Augustine to Derrida
13. Shedding Tears Beyond Being: Derrida’s Confession of Prayer
14. The Good News About Alterity: Derrida and Theology
15. The Gift
16. Toward a Postmodern Theology of the Cross: Augustine, Heidegger, Derrida
17. Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

§ 4 Impossible Hermeneutics: From Sacred Anarchy to Radical Theology
18. Sacred Anarchy: Fragments of a Postmodern Ethics
19. In Search of a Sacred Anarchy: An Experiment in Danish Deconstruction
20. The Experience of God and the Axiology of the Impossible
21. Without Sovereignty, Without Being: Unconditionality, the Coming God, and Derrida’s Democracy to Come
22. "Lazarus, Come Out": Rebirth and Resurrection
23. A Prayer for the Impossible: A C