Deconstruction in a Nutshell

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 9780823217557
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The Roundtable is annotated by John D. Caputo, the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, who has supplied cross-references to Derrida's writings, where the reader may find further discussion on these topics. Professor Caputo has also supplied a commentary which elaborates the principal issues raised in the Roundtable.

What Would Jesus Deconstruct The Church and Postmodern Culture

Author: John D. Caputo
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9781441200365
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This provocative addition to The Church and Postmodern Culture series offers a lively rereading of Charles Sheldon's In His Steps as a constructive way forward. John D. Caputo introduces the notion of why the church needs deconstruction, positively defines deconstruction's role in renewal, deconstructs idols of the church, and imagines the future of the church in addressing the practical implications of this for the church's life through liturgy, worship, preaching, and teaching. Students of philosophy, theology, religion, and ministry, as well as others interested in engaging postmodernism and the emerging church phenomenon, will welcome this provocative, non-technical work.

Against Ethics

Author: John D. Caputo
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253114877
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"Against Ethics is beautifully written, clever, learned, thought-provoking, and even inspiring." -- Theological Studies "Writing in the form of his ideas, Caputo offers the reader a truly exquisite reading experience.... his iconic style mirrors a truly refreshing honesty that draws the reader in to play." -- Quarterly Journal of Speech "Against Ethics is, in my judgment, one of the most important works on philosophical ethics that has been written in recent years.... Caputo speaks with a passion and a concern that are rare in academic philosophy. His profound sense of humor deepens the passion of the viewpoints he develops." -- Mark C. Taylor "Obligation happens!" declares Caputo in this brilliant and witty postmodern critique of ethics, framed as a contemporary restaging of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.

The Animal That Therefore I Am

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823227928
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The Animal That Therefore I Am is the long-awaited translation of the complete text of Jacques Derrida's ten-hour address to the 1997 Cérisy conference entitled "The Autobiographical Animal," the third of four such colloquia on his work. The book was assembled posthumously on the basis of two published sections, one written and recorded session, and one informal recorded session.The book is at once an affectionate look back over the multiple roles played by animals in Derrida's work and a profound philosophical investigation and critique of the relegation of animal life that takes place as a result of the distinction--dating from Descartes--between man as thinking animal and every other living species. That starts with the very fact of the line of separation drawn between the human and the millions of other species that are reduced to a single "the animal." Derrida finds that distinction, or versions of it, surfacing in thinkers as far apart as Descartes, Kant, Heidegger, Lacan, and Levinas, and he dedicates extended analyses tothe question in the work of each of them.The book's autobiographical theme intersects with its philosophical analysis through the figures of looking and nakedness, staged in terms of Derrida's experience when his cat follows him into the bathroom in the morning. In a classic deconstructive reversal, Derrida asks what this animal sees and thinks when it sees this naked man. Yet the experiences of nakedness and shame also lead all the way back into the mythologies of "man's dominion over the beasts" and trace a history of how man has systematically displaced onto the animal his own failings or bêtises. The Animal That Therefore I Am is at times a militant plea and indictment regarding, especially, the modern industrialized treatment of animals. However, Derrida cannot subscribe to a simplistic version of animal rights that fails to follow through, in all its implications, the questions and definitions of "life" to which he returned in much of his later work.

Sovereignties in Question

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823224376
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This book brings together five powerful encounters. Themes central to all of Derrida's writings thread the intense confrontation between the most famous philosopher of our time and the Jewish poet writing in German who, perhaps more powerfully than any other, has testified to the European experience of the twentieth century. They include the date or signature and its singularity; the notion of the trace; temporal structures of futurity and the to come"; the multiplicity of language and questions of translation; such speech acts as testimony and promising, but also lying and perjury; the possibility of the impossible; and, above all, the question of the poem as addressed and destined beyond knowledge, seeking to speak to and for the irreducibly other. The memory of encounters with thinkers who have also engaged Celan's work animates these writings, which include a brilliant dialogue between two interpretative modes - hermeneutics and deconstruction. Derrida's approach toa poem is a revelation on many levels, from the most concrete ways of reading - for example, his analysis of a sequence of personal pronouns - to the most sweeping imperatives of human existence (and Derrida's writings are always a study in the imbrication of such levels). Above all, he voices the call to responsibility in the ultimate line of Celan's poem: "The world is gone, I must carry you," which sounds throughout the book's final essay like a refrain. Only two of the texts in this volume do not appear here in English for the first time. Of these, Schibboleth has been entirely retranslated and has been set following Derrida's own instructions for publication in French; "A Self-Unsealing Poetic Text" was substantially rewritten by Derrida himself and basically appears here as the translation of a new text."

Deconstruction and Philosophy

Author: John Sallis
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226734392
Format: PDF
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Acknowledgments -- Note on Translations -- Introduction -- Deconstruction and the Inscription of Philosophy -- Infrastructures and Systematicity / Rodolphe Gasche -- Philosophy Has Its Reasons . . . / Hugh J. Silverman -- Destinerrance: The Apotropocalyptics of Translation / John P. Leavey, Jr. -- Deconstruction and the History of Metaphysics -- In Stalling Metaphysics: At the Threshold / Ruben Berezdivin -- Doubling the Space of Existence: Exemplarity in Derrida - the Case of Rousseau / Irene E. Harvey -- Regulations: Kant and Derrida at the End of Metaphysics / Stephen Watson -- A Point of Almost Absolute Proximity to Hegel / John Llewelyn -- Deconstruction and Phenomenology -- The Economy of Signs in Husserl and Derrida: From Uselessness to Full Employment / John D. Caputo -- The Perfect Future: A Note on Heidegger and Derrida / David Farrell Krell -- Deconstruction and the Possibility of Ethics / Robert Bernasconi -- Deconstruction--in Withdrawal? -- Following Derrida / David Wood -- Geschlecht II: Heidegger's Hand / Jacques Derrida -- Notes on Contributors -- Index.

More Radical Hermeneutics

Author: John D. Caputo
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253213877
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In these spirited essays, John D. Caputo continues the project he launched with Radical Hermeneutics of making hermeneutics and deconstruction work together. Caputo claims that we are not born into this world hard-wired to know Being, Truth, or the Good, and we are not vessels of a Divine or other omnipotent supernatural force. Focusing on how various contemporary philosophers develop aspects of this fragmented view of the life world in areas such as madness, friendship, democracy, gender, science, the "end of ethics," religion, and mysticism, this animated study by one of America's leading continental philosophers shakes the foundations of religion and philosophy, even as it gives them new life.