The Receptacle

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223503
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235117 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Receptacle

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This chapter examines the views of Jacques Derrida on the concept of chora. Derrida approaches chora from the perspective of apophatic theologies in which every attributive predicate is said to be inadequate to the essence, in truth the hyperessentuality of God. This claim elicits Derrida's interest because his idea describes how the matrix may work in articulating language, for in its ineffability it resembles the withdrawn God of mystical theology. He also holds that patristic mystical theology recognizes neither the way of affirmation or negation, but seeks that way beyond them in which the divine names direct one to a non-object from whom one receives determinations.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; chora; apophatic theologies; God; mystical theology

Chapter.  8200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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