Deconstruction and Christian Cultural Theory: An Essay on Appropriation

Merold Westphal

in Overcoming Onto-Theology

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221301
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235483 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Deconstruction and Christian Cultural             Theory: An Essay on Appropriation

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This chapter shows that the play theme in Derrida does not mean, as is often alleged, that the players can play by any rules they please. Play is rather something that happens beyond their control, though people desperately try to control it. The chapter suggests that the deconstructive theory of textuality is, perhaps above all else, an attempt to point toward an overcoming of nihilism that is willing to remain human. To that end it seeks to articulate the coexistence of relativity and critique. In terms of its own critique of finality it can hardly expect to be or be taken to be the last word on this problem. But it adds that this is not a theory that Christian cultural theory needs to fear and to demonize.

Keywords: cultural theory; play; deconstructive theory; nihilism

Chapter.  8415 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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