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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