Derrida and Theology

Derrida and Theology

by Steven Shakespeare


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Jacques Derrida: a name to strike fear into the hearts of theologians. His ideas have been hugely influential in shaping postmodern philosophy, and its impact has been felt across the humanities from literary studies to architecture. However, he has also been associated with the specters of relativism and nihilism. Some have suggested he undermines any notion of objective truth and stable meaning.

Derrida is now increasingly seen as a major contributor to thinking about the complexity of truth, responsibility and witnessing. Theologians and biblical scholars are engaging as never before with Derrida's own deep-rooted reflections on religious themes. From the nature of faith to the name of God, from Messianism to mysticism, from forgiveness to the impossible, he has broken new ground in thinking about religion in our time. His ideas and writing style remain highly complex, however, and can be a forbidding prospect for the uninitiated. This book examines his philosophical approach, his specific work on religious themes, and the ways in which theologians have interpreted, adopted, and disputed them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567032409
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Philosophy and Theology
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Steven Shakespeare is Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of Kierkegaard, Language and the Reality of God (Ashgate, 2001) and Radical Orthodoxy. A Critical Introduction (SPCK 2007). He is also coauthor, with Hugh Rayment-Pickard, of The Inclusive God. Reclaiming Theology for an Inclusive Church (Canterbury, 2006).

Table of Contents



Chapter One
Savage Genesis: Complicating the Origin

Chapter Two
In the Beginning was the Word: Repeat

Chapter Three
The Other, the Thief, the great Furtive One: Naming God

Chapter Four
How to Void Speaking: Derrida and Negative Theology

Chapter Five
Messianism and the Other to Come

Chapter Six
Touching: The Impossible Gift

Chapter Seven
Gift or Poison? Theological responses

Conclusion A Useless, Indispensable Name Select


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