Jacques Derrida and “Religion Without Religion”

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Jacques Derrida and “Religion Without Religion”

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Chapter 3 considers certain aspects of the philosophy of Jacques Derrida. Although Derrida claimed that he “rightly passes for an atheist,” he has written extensively on religion and has explicitly engaged some of the other thinkers treated in this book. Derrida is not a religious thinker and does not provide arguments for religious belief, yet he certainly figures prominently, especially in the American discussion of the other French thinkers. I discuss his arguments that “différance” is not a type of negative theology and consider his writings on the name of God and on khora. The chapter also examines some of his more recent writings on the gift, forgiveness, hospitality, and the role of religion in politics. As in the case of Heidegger, this chapter obviously deals with only some of Derrida’s extensive writings, namely those that are most influential for the larger discussion of religion and the divine.

Keywords: Derrida; khora; gift; hospitality; globalatinization; difference

Chapter.  11111 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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