By Vattimo, Gianni; Caputo, John D.; Robbins, Jeffrey W

ISBN-10: 0231141246

ISBN-13: 9780231141246

It has lengthy been assumed that the extra smooth we develop into, the fewer non secular we are going to be. but a up to date resurrection in religion has challenged the knowledge of this trust. In those unique essays and interviews, top hermeneutical philosophers and postmodern theorists John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo have interaction with each one other's previous and current paintings at the topic and think of our transition from secularism to postsecularism.

As of the figures who've contributed the main to the theoretical reflections at the modern philosophical flip to faith, Caputo and Vattimo discover the adjustments, distortions, and reforms which are part of our postmodern religion and the forces shaping the spiritual mind's eye this day. Incisively and imaginatively connecting their argument to concerns starting from terrorism to fanaticism and from politics to media and tradition, those thinkers proceed to reinvent the sector of hermeneutic philosophy with wit, grace, and passion.

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Words and things are deconstructible, but events, if there are any such things (s’il y en a), are not deconstructible. 5. In terms of their temporality, events, never being present, solicit us from afar, draw us on, draw us out into the future, calling us hither. Events are provocations and promises, and they have the structure of what Derrida calls the unforeseeable “to come” (à venir). Or else they call us back, recall us to all that has flowed by into the irremissible past, which is why they form the basis of what Johann Baptist Metz calls “dangerous memories” of the injustice suffered by those long dead, or not so long, a revocation that constitutes another provocation.

It has a post-critical sense of critique that is critical of the idea that we can establish air-tight borders around neatly discriminated spheres or regions like knowledge, ethics, art, and religion” (61). And, finally, this “opens the doors to another way of thinking about faith and reason,” which for Caputo translates not into relativism, irrationalism, or nihilism “but [into] a heightened sense of the contingency and revisability of our constructions, not the jettisoning of reason but a rediscription of reason, one that is a lot more reasonable than the bill of goods about an overarching, transhistorical Rationality that the Enlightenment tried to sell us” (63).

55) In this post-Enlightenment world after Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, the Enlightenment critique of religion boomerangs back against itself. Whether talking about Nietzsche, Marx, or Freud, the postmodern world becomes suspicious of their hermeneutics of suspicion with the realization that their critiques were 20 j e f f r e y w. ” In Caputo’s words: Marx and Freud, along with Nietzsche himself, find themselves hoisted with Nietzsche’s petard, their critiques of religion having come undone under the gun of Nietzsche’s critique of the possibility of making a critique that would cut to the quick—of God, nature, or history.

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