The Saving or Sanitizing of Prayer

Mark Gedney

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Saving or Sanitizing of Prayer

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This chapter examines the move made by philosophers Jacques Derrida and John D. Caputo to reconfigure prayer as sans, in which prayer would be to pray without knowing where to direct the prayers. It questions whether such prayer is possible and whether it reinscribes the exclusivist logic that it seeks to avoid. This chapter argues that such a prayer appears to be presented as superior to that of traditions with a determinate messianism, and with this Derrida and Caputo failed to escape religious violence.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; John D. Caputo; prayer; exclusivist logic; religious violence; messianism

Chapter.  4335 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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