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This volume, based on the second of Villanova's "Religion and Postmodernism" lecture series, brings Jacques Derrida together with an international group of philosophers and theologians, including John Milbank, Graham Ward, Richard Kearney, Kevin Hart, Jean Greisch and others, to discuss questions of forgiveness and God in a postmodern time. In addition to containing the first appearance in print of Derrida's recent work on the topic of "forgiveness," this volume also presents the first confrontation of deconstruction with Radical Orthodoxy.

Author Biography: John D. Caputo is David R. Cook Chair of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of More Radical Hermeneutics; The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida; Against Ethics; and Radical Hermeneutics. He is co-editor (with Michael J. Scanlon) of God, the Gift, and Postmodernism.
Mark Dooley is John Henry Newman Scholar in Theology at University College, Dublin. He is author of The Politics of Exodus and From Aquinas to Derrida.
Michael J. Scanlon is Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Christian Theology at Villanova University. His articles have appeared in Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings, New Theology Review, and Augustinian Studies.

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"What sets this work apart from the majority of other publications on the subject of postmodern theology and prevents it from descending into a sanctimonious hagiography of Derrida’s genius is the presence among the contributors of Graham Ward and John Milbank, two of the founding members of the movement known as radical orthodoxy. This present work is the first to document supporters of radical orthodoxy critically engaging with proponents of Derridean deconstruction." —Perspectives

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"What sets this work apart from the majority of other publications on the subject of postmodern theology and prevents it from descending into a sanctimonious hagiography of Derrida’s genius is the presence among the contributors of Graham Ward and John Milbank, two of the founding members of the movement known as radical orthodoxy. This present work is the first to document supporters of radical orthodoxy critically engaging with proponents of Derridean deconstruction." —Perspectives
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John D. Caputo is David R. Cook Chair of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of More Radical Hermeneutics; The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida; Against Ethics; and Radical Hermeneutics. He is co-editor (with Michael J. Scanlon) of God, the Gift, and Postmodernism.

Mark Dooley is John Henry Newman Scholar in Theology at University College, Dublin. He is author of The Politics of Exodus and From Aquinas to Derrida.

Michael J. Scanlon is Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Christian Theology at Villanova University. His articles have appeared in Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings, New Theology Review, and Augustinian Studies.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: God Forgive 1
1 To Forgive: The Unforgivable and the Imprescriptible 21
2 On Forgiveness: A Roundtable Discussion with Jacques Derrida 52
3 Returning/Forgiving: Ethics and Theology 73
4 Forgiveness and Incarnation 92
5 The Catastrophe of Memory: Derrida, Milbank and the (Im)possibility of Forgiveness 129
6 The God Who May Be 153
7 "Absolute Interruption": On Faith 186
Response
8 Questioning Narratives of God: The Immeasurable in Measures 209
Response
9 "Idipsum": Divine Selfhood and the Postmodern Subject 235
10 The Humiliated Self as the Rhetorical Self 263
11 Questioning God 274
12 What Do I Love When I Love My God? Deconstruction and Radical Orthodoxy 291
13 The Scandals of the Sign: The Virgin Mary as Supplement in the Religions of the Book 318
14 Being, Subjectivity, Otherness: The Idols of God 341
Contributors 371
Index 375
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