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The Trace of GodDerrida and Religion$
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Edward Baring and Peter E. Gordon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262090

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262090.001.0001

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Derrida and Messianic Atheism

Derrida and Messianic Atheism

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(p.199) Derrida and Messianic Atheism
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The Trace of God
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Richard Kearney

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262090.003.0011

This essay addresses the question of Derrida's messianic atheism. It begins with a discussion of Derrida's development of Levinas's ethical understanding of atheism as a specifically Jewish messianism before exploring the relationship between deconstruction and such related terms as negative theology, eschatology, chora and anatheism. It concludes with a critical review of three dialogues on the question of religion conducted between Derrida and the author, Richard Kearney, between 1982 and 2001.

Keywords:   messianic, atheism, anatheism, chora, negative theology, deconstruction

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