A Passion for the Impossible: John D. Caputo in Focus by Mark Dooley

By Mark Dooley

Offering the 1st systematic appraisal of the idea of John D. Caputo, certainly one of America's most beneficial and debatable continental thinkers, this e-book brings jointly the world over 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 worries expressed by way of his interlocutors within the comparable funny, erudite, and difficult 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 concerns surrounding the paintings of Aquinas, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and Rorty.

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The deals it cuts are always one-way streets. This is always how it is with the Voice. For three days they rode together, side by side, sleeping under dark skies illumined only by an occasional star. Abraham wondered whether the Voice lived on one of those stars. Which one? Does anything live on those stars? Are there stars out beyond those stars, without beginning or end? Are the stars filled with gods who hold them mightily in their hand and steer their course and who look down on us mortals, keeping a watchful eye?

JD: He is doing something new that, in turn, enriches my own text and gives it a wider scope. From a narcissistic point of view, I like being read in this way. Caputo sends me back an image of me and my texts that, of course, I enjoy. I would not, however, be so pleased if his text was not original in a certain way, if it was not very different from mine. For example, his book The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, helps me to understand how deconstruction is indebted, on the one hand, to Heidegger, and, on the other hand, to the Lutheran tradition.

The deals it cuts are always one-way streets. This is always how it is with the Voice. For three days they rode together, side by side, sleeping under dark skies illumined only by an occasional star. Abraham wondered whether the Voice lived on one of those stars. Which one? Does anything live on those stars? Are there stars out beyond those stars, without beginning or end? Are the stars filled with gods who hold them mightily in their hand and steer their course and who look down on us mortals, keeping a watchful eye?

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