Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments

Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments

Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments

Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments

Synopsis

Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments represents the most comprehensive attempt to date to explore, adapt, and test Derrida's contributions and influence on the study of theology, biblical studies, and the philosophy of religion. With over twenty original essays from highly-respected scholars such as John Caputo, Daniel Boyarin, Edith Wyschogrod, Tim Beal, and Gil Anidjar, Derrida and Religion will quickly become the locus classicus for those interested in the increasingly vibrant work on religion and deconstruction and postmodernism.

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John D. Caputo, Kevin Hart, and Yvonne Sherwood

Transcribed by Brooke Cameron and Kevin Hart

Yvonne Sherwood: …It is my very great pleasure to introduce-in French one would say vous présenter-Jacques Derrida, who we are so very pleased to say is here, present with us right before our very eyes and ears [laughter]. There are numerous ways that I could introduce this man who as an academic signature needs no introduction, but who, because of the persistence of certain caricatures that still stand in for reading, still perhaps, in some sense, does. I could present him, as it is customary to do on these occasions, in terms of his curriculum vitae, but then his work, as he once said of Emmanuel Lévinas, is so large that one can no longer glimpse its edges. I could introduce him in terms of his institutional affiliations, past and present (for example Yale, the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the New School in New York) but I wouldn't want to give you an impression of someone too much in love with institutions, who hasn't asked searching questions about what the University means and does. I could introduce him, as he sometimes has introduced himself, in a slightly tongue-in-cheek “Ecce Homo, ” as a little Arab Jew, a marrano of French Catholic culture, who grew up in a Christianised Judaism that spoke of circumcision as “baptism” and bar

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