Synopses & Reviews
is the second volume of the Deconstruction of Christianity, following Dis-Enclosure
. The first volume attempted to demonstrate why it is necessary to open reason up not to a religious dimension but to one transcending reason as we have been accustomed to understanding it; the term "adoration" attempts to name the gesture of this dis-enclosed reason.
Adoration causes us to receive ignorance as truth: not a feigned ignorance, perhaps not even a "nonknowledge," nothing that would attempt to justify the negative again, but the simple, naked truth that there is nothing in the place of God, because there is no place for God. The outside of the world opens us in the midst of the world, and there is no first or final place. Each one of us is at once the first and the last. Each one, each name. And our ignorance is made worse by the fact that we do not know whether we ought to name this common and singular property of all names. We must remain in this suspense, hesitating between and stammering in various possible languages, ultimately learning to speak anew.
In this book, Jean-Luc Nancy goes beyond his earlier historical and philosophical thought and tries to think-or at least crack open a little to thinking-a stance or bearing that might be suitable to the retreat of God that results from the self-deconstruction of Christianity. Adoration may be a manner, a style of spirit for our time, a time when the "spiritual" seems to have become so absent, so dry, so adulterated.
The book is a major contribution to the important strand of attempts to think a "post-secular" situation of religion.
"Nancy pursues his explorations of Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity by treating the old and complex Christian 'legacy' in an original and stimulating manner, thereby demonstrating a remarkable mastery of and erudition in the fields of Christian theology and of the philosophy of religion. But he also takes some important new steps in this trajectory that will fascinate the reader."-LAURENS TEN KATE, University for Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands
About the Author
is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universitï¿½ Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus
; The Ground of the Image
; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity
; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body
; On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores
; and The Truth of Democracy
JOHN McKEANE is Laming Junior Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. His thesis addressed the fragmentary writing of Maurice Blanchot, and he is the co-editor of Blanchot Romantique.