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Derrida, the Messianic, and Eschatology

Gary Banham

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222063.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Derrida, the Messianic, and               Eschatology

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This chapter argues that the predominant reception of Jacques Derrida's book Specters of Marx as revealing an unexpected receptivity to the notion of the messianic is at best partial. It clarifies this interpretation by setting out Derrida's usage of the notion of messianic in this work. It explains that in one of the most frequently cited passages from Specters of Marx, Derrida referred to the concept of ascesis that removes the messianic hope of all Biblical forms.

Keywords: Specters of Marx; Jacques Derrida; messianic; ascesis; religious philosophy

Chapter.  4608 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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