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The Gift of Death & Literature in Secret (Religion & Postmodernism)

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The Gift of Death, Jacques Derrida’s most sustained consideration of religion, explores questions first introduced in his book Given Time about the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Czech philosopher Jan Patocka’s Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History and develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Lévinas, and Kierkegaard. One of Derrida’s major works, The Gift of Death resonates with much of his earlier writing, and this highly anticipated second edition is greatly enhanced by David Wills’s updated translation.
 
This new edition also features the first-ever English translation of Derrida’s Literature in Secret. In it, Derrida continues his discussion of the sacrifice of Isaac, which leads to bracing meditations on secrecy, forgiveness, literature, and democracy. He also offers a reading of Kafka’s Letter to His Father and uses the story of the flood in Genesis as an embarkation point for a consideration of divine sovereignty.
 
“An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of religion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida.”—Booklist, on the first edition

Synopsis:

Jean-Luc Marions book, Negative Certainties, first published in French as Certitudes négatives in 2007, is without a doubt an important addition to his oeuvre. The main argument can be stated briefly: Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, Marion emphasizes mans finitude and the limits of reason. But, he asks, isnt it certain that we can be certain about our finitude and rational limitations? After establishing this concept of “negative certainty” he then applies it to four aporia or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift, understood both as that which transcends exchange and as the given; and the unpredictability of events. And this in turn leads him to further reflections on God (or Being) as the unconditioned Giver of the Gift. This book, now available in English for the first time in Stephen Lewiss elegant translation, will be essential reading for postmodern theologians and philosophers of religion in general.

Synopsis:

In Negative Certainties, renowned philosopher Jean-Luc Marion challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions we have developed about knowledge: that it is categorical, predicative, and positive. Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, he looks toward our finitude and the limits of our reason. He asks an astonishingly simple—but profoundly provocative—question in order to open up an entirely new way of thinking about knowledge: Isn’t our uncertainty, our finitude and rational limitations, one of the few things we can be certain about?

Marion shows how the assumption of knowledge as positive demands a reductive epistemology that disregards immeasurable or disorderly phenomena. He shows that we have experiences every day that have no identifiable causes or predictable reasons, and that these constitute a very real knowledge—a knowledge of the limits of what can be known. Establishing this “negative certainty,” Marion applies it to four aporias, or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift; and the unpredictability of events. Translated for the first time into English, Negative Certainties is an invigorating work of epistemological inquiry that will take a central place in Marion’s oeuvre. 

Synopsis:

The Gift of Death, Jacques Derridas most sustained consideration of religion, explores questions first introduced in his book Given Time about the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Czech philosopher Jan Patockas Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History and develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Lévinas, and Kierkegaard. One of Derridas major works, The Gift of Death resonates with much of his earlier writing, and this highly anticipated second edition is greatly enhanced by David Willss updated translation.
 
This new edition also features the first-ever English translation of Derridas Literature in Secret. In it, Derrida continues his discussion of the sacrifice of Isaac, which leads to bracing meditations on secrecy, forgiveness, literature, and democracy. He also offers a reading of Kafkas Letter to His Father and uses the story of the flood in Genesis as an embarkation point for a consideration of divine sovereignty.
 
“An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of religion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida.”—Booklist, on the first edition

About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Translators Preface to the 2007 Edition

 

The Gift of Death

 

One

Secrets of European Responsibility

Two

Beyond: Giving for the Taking, Teaching and Learning to Give, Death

Three

Whom to Give to (Knowing Not to Know)

Four

Tout autre est tout autre

 

 

Literature in Secret: An Impossible Filiation

 

One

The Test of Secrecy: For the One as for the Other

Two

Father, Son, and Literature

Three

More Than One

 

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226142777
Author:
Wills, David
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Wills, David
Author:
Wills, David
Author:
Lewis, Stephen E.
Author:
Marion, Jean-Luc
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Gifts
Subject:
Responsibility
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Jean-Luc Marions book, Negative Certainties, first published in French as Certitudes négatives in 2007, is without a doubt an important addition to his oeuvre. The main argument can be stated briefly: Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, Marion emphasizes mans finitude and the limits of reason. But, he asks, isnt it certain that we can be certain about our finitude and rational limitations? After establishing this concept of “negative certainty” he then applies it to four aporia or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift, understood both as that which transcends exchange and as the given; and the unpredictability of events. And this in turn leads him to further reflections on God (or Being) as the unconditioned Giver of the Gift. This book, now available in English for the first time in Stephen Lewiss elegant translation, will be essential reading for postmodern theologians and philosophers of religion in general.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Negative Certainties, renowned philosopher Jean-Luc Marion challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions we have developed about knowledge: that it is categorical, predicative, and positive. Following Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger, he looks toward our finitude and the limits of our reason. He asks an astonishingly simple—but profoundly provocative—question in order to open up an entirely new way of thinking about knowledge: Isn’t our uncertainty, our finitude and rational limitations, one of the few things we can be certain about?

Marion shows how the assumption of knowledge as positive demands a reductive epistemology that disregards immeasurable or disorderly phenomena. He shows that we have experiences every day that have no identifiable causes or predictable reasons, and that these constitute a very real knowledge—a knowledge of the limits of what can be known. Establishing this “negative certainty,” Marion applies it to four aporias, or issues of certain uncertainty: the definition of man; the nature of God; the unconditionality of the gift; and the unpredictability of events. Translated for the first time into English, Negative Certainties is an invigorating work of epistemological inquiry that will take a central place in Marion’s oeuvre. 

"Synopsis" by ,
The Gift of Death, Jacques Derridas most sustained consideration of religion, explores questions first introduced in his book Given Time about the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Czech philosopher Jan Patockas Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History and develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Lévinas, and Kierkegaard. One of Derridas major works, The Gift of Death resonates with much of his earlier writing, and this highly anticipated second edition is greatly enhanced by David Willss updated translation.
 
This new edition also features the first-ever English translation of Derridas Literature in Secret. In it, Derrida continues his discussion of the sacrifice of Isaac, which leads to bracing meditations on secrecy, forgiveness, literature, and democracy. He also offers a reading of Kafkas Letter to His Father and uses the story of the flood in Genesis as an embarkation point for a consideration of divine sovereignty.
 
“An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of religion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida.”—Booklist, on the first edition
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