Derrida’s Theology

French intellectual Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was one of the most important contributors to the post-modern philosophical movement. He was also one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to understand. In this third episode of a three-part series, Dr. Christopher Watkin helps us understand Derrida’s theology. Dr. Watkin is senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University, Australia. Dr. Watkin received his MPhil and PhD from Cambridge. He has written multiple books on philosophy, including the Derrida installment of the Great Thinkers series, forthcoming with P&R Publishing.

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4 years ago

this was quite good thanks, my only quibble is that I think that Derrida interests in the the categorical to-come weren’t theo-logical but anthropo-logical, building off of Heidegger’s concerns about human-beings being reduced to mere calculative (more of the same) reasoning, and for theists who don’t want to worship their alltoohuman project-ions as gods I would think that this kind of (God free me from my god) reminder of the limits of our being mortals would be vital.



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