Desire of God: an Exchange

Jacques Derrida, John D. Caputo and Richard Kearney

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Desire of God: an Exchange

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This chapter presents an exchange of ideas by Jacques Derrida, John Caputo, and Richard Kearney regarding the desire of God. Kearney opens up the conversation by noting that Derrida has done more than most other living philosophers to make people sensitive to issues of messianicity and messianism and to the three calls of God: donne, pardonne, and abandonne, and by asking how do we read in the dark. Caputo replies that the distinction between the messianic and the messianisms is a tension that people inhabit, and that it would never be a question of choosing one or the other. Derrida, in response to Kearney, states that the essential feature of reading requires some darkness and that it distinguishes reading from seeing. Derrida also discusses the issue of hospitality raised by Caputo.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; John Caputo; Richard Kearney; messianicity; messianism; hospitality; donne; pardonne; abandonne; darkness

Chapter.  3577 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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