John Caputo: Postmodern Hope

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)

John Caputo: Postmodern Hope

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In Chapter 12, I approach John D. Caputo’s work as an argument for postmodern hope. Caputo is most well known for his interpretations of Jacques Derrida, yet his writings range from his early engagements with Heidegger’s work to his most recent discussions of Malabou and others. The chapter explicates his writings on Heidegger and Derrida in some detail, since they have been so influential in the contemporary discussion. It goes on to consider his proposal for a “radical” hermeneutic project that would rethink issues of faith, ethics, and scientific knowledge. It concludes by examining his more recent proposals for a “theology of the event” or a theology of “perhaps,” while arguing that the figure of hope is at the heart of all of Caputo’s work.

Keywords: Caputo; Derrida; hope; radical hermeneutics; event

Chapter.  10372 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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