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Postmodern Apologetics?Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy$
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Christina M. Gschwandtner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242740

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.001.0001

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John Caputo: Postmodern Hope

John Caputo: Postmodern Hope

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(p.242) 12 John Caputo: Postmodern Hope
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Postmodern Apologetics?
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Christina M. Gschwandtner

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.003.0013

In Chapter 12, I approach John D. Caputo’s work as an argument for postmodern hope. Caputo is most well known for his interpretations of Jacques Derrida, yet his writings range from his early engagements with Heidegger’s work to his most recent discussions of Malabou and others. The chapter explicates his writings on Heidegger and Derrida in some detail, since they have been so influential in the contemporary discussion. It goes on to consider his proposal for a “radical” hermeneutic project that would rethink issues of faith, ethics, and scientific knowledge. It concludes by examining his more recent proposals for a “theology of the event” or a theology of “perhaps,” while arguing that the figure of hope is at the heart of all of Caputo’s work.

Keywords:   Caputo, Derrida, hope, radical hermeneutics, event

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