Rethinking the Gift II

Robyn Horner

in Rethinking God as Gift

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221219
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235599 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Rethinking the Gift II

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This chapter discusses the second way in which Derrida addresses the gift—as that which is given, rather than the condition for the given. The second way is subdivided into two types. The first subgrouping is called A Moment of Madness because it is a consideration of the possibility of any other gift from the perspective of human giving. Two elements are striking in this process: desire and conversion. The second subgrouping is labeled Giving in Secret, because while it too is a consideration of the possibility of any other gift, it attempts to deal with gifts whose origin is more truly undecidable: life, death, the world, and the call.

Keywords: A Moment of Madness; Giving in Secret; gift; life; death; desire; conversion

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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