This text examines Jacques Derrida's consideration of religion. While continuing to explore questions introduced in "Given Time" such as the possibility, or impossibility, of giving and the economic/anthropological nature of gifts, Derrida turns to the notion of responsibility and the ultimate gifts of life and death. Derrida divides the book into four parts, which deal with: the development of the notion of responsibility in the Platonic and Christian traditions; the relation between sacrifice and mortality; the contemporary meaning of the story of Abraham and Isaac; and the relation between religious ideology and economic rationality. The texts under discussion include the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, as well as writings from Patocka, Heidegger, Levinas and Kierkegaard. Derrida's main concern is with the meaning of moral and ethical responsibility in Western religion and philosophy. He questions the limits of the rational and the responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution or suicide. Beginning with a discussion of Patocka's "Heretical Essays on the History of Philosophy", Derrida develops Patocka's ideas concerning the sacred and responsibility through comparisons with the works of other thinkers. Derrida's treatment of Kierkegaard makes clear that the two philosophers share some of the same concerns. He then undertakes a careful reading of Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling", comparing and contrasting his own conception of responsibility with that of Kierkegaard and extending his recent accounts of the gift and sacrifice. This work resonates with much of Derrida's earlier writing and should be of interest to scholars in anthropology, philosophy and literary criticism.
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Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110226143058
Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0226143058
Descrizione libro University of Chicago Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0226143058
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