Postmodernism and the Desire for God

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Postmodernism and the Desire for               God

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This chapter is a discourse between Edith Wyschogrod and John D. Caputo on postmodernism and the desire for God. In the postmodern culture of images, so-called virtual reality raises the problem to a new level. Nothing is more common in the postmodern world than the replication of the violence of interactive video games and Internet images. In a world of semblances, people die by violence, but their deaths are and are not understood as being real. Violence is envisaged as simultaneously actualizing and de-realizing death. If all is semblance, a game, death's finality is fictive, undecidable. What is more, if transcendence and immanence are inextricable, the atheist could see le désir de Dieu not only as our desire for God but also as God's desire. So the amor dei, le désir de Dieu, in this culture of images, is to be the imago dei, to let the images of God fly up like sparks, and to affirm a certain holy undecidability between the “image” and “God”.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; John D. Caputo; postmodernism; desire; God; violence; atheist

Chapter.  7937 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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