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Derrida and the Secret of the Non-Secret: On Respiritualising the Profane

Ian Almond

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 457-471
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.4.457
Derrida and the Secret of the Non-Secret: On Respiritualising the Profane

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The place of the secret in Derrida's thought has some interesting implications for recent ‘theological’ appropriations of his work—particularly those with a Christian agenda. The aim of this brief article is to express a nagging unease with recent Christian responses to Derrida, an unease borne out of a certain understanding of the ineluctably Nietzschean genealogy of deconstruction, in particular Derrida's several comments on the s/Secret. What this paper proposes is that deconstruction is simultaneously a work of both demystification and remystification—it locates and dissolves the moments of self-presence in a text only to leave in their place a semantic void, one which liberates the text from its single destination and allows it to drift, rudderless, in an infinte number of directions.

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