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By Mark Dooley

ISBN-10: 0791456870

ISBN-13: 9780791456873

Proposing the 1st systematic appraisal of the concept of John D. Caputo, certainly one of America’s most dear and arguable continental thinkers, this ebook brings jointly across the world popular 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 consequences for faith and the query of God after deconstruction. Caputo responds to the troubles expressed by way of his interlocutors within the related funny, erudite, and tough spirit for which he's identified. the result's a full of life and stimulating debate, protecting issues 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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This year, because I am giving a seminar on the “Death Penalty,” I had to read and reread texts in the Bible, the Old Testament, and the gospels, and, in so doing, I just happen to discover things. That is what differentiates me from Mark Taylor, Jack Caputo, you, and others. While you were trained and grew up in a religious environment and context, I did not. My situation in this regard is strange; it’s a mixture of, on the one hand, incompetence, and, on the other, a terrible hunger to learn.

That is our “condition,” humble as it is. The secret is, there is no Secret, none that we know of. That is where we are and I always make it a rule to begin where I am, which is an honorable minimalist axiom. The most presuppositionless beginning is to begin with the supposition that we are always situated in the midst of an uncontrollable mix, always already posited, de-posited, post-posited after the fact in the midst of one pre-understanding or another (Sauf, 43/ON, 49). We always arrive too late, after the Secret has offered its excuses and made an early departure.

Phenomenology is not made for such heights 6 A Passion for the Impossible or depths. Pure, unconstrained, absolute infinity flies off the registers of phenomenological experience. But just like their minimalist friends, maximalists are also seeking the protection and respectability the word phenomenology affords, for they want to look like strenge Wissenschaftlers and not like spiritseers. 9 Marion is one of the best possible examples of a maximalist; I cannot conceive of a better one. Marion goes for big phenomena.

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