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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

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

Richard Kearney

Fordham University Press

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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