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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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Abraham, the Settling Foreigner

Abraham, the Settling Foreigner

(p.132) Abraham, the Settling Foreigner
The Trace of God

Joseph Cohen

Raphael Zagury-Orly

Fordham University Press

The following study interprets the figure of Abraham through the philosophical writings of Hegel and Kierkegaard in order to open towards what Derrida calls, in the “Abraham, the Other” lecture delivered in December 2000 at the Judeities. Questions for Jacques Derrida conference, another Abraham. Through a deconstructive reading of Hegel’s Frankfurt theological writings and Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, we seek to rethink, with Derrida who follows Kafka’s word, the figure of this “other Abraham”, one who, without settling nor remaining in exile, at once and simultaneously reposes, rephrases, reformulates the question of “place” by engaging an aporetic indecision between an exile within settlement and a settlement in exile.

Keywords:   Abraham, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Derrida, Deconstruction, place, settlement, exile

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