A Passion for the Impossible: John D. Caputo in Focus by Mark Dooley

By Mark Dooley

Featuring the 1st systematic appraisal of the idea of John D. Caputo, certainly one of America’s Most worthy and arguable continental thinkers, this e-book brings jointly across the world popular philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics. One spotlight of the paintings is an interview with Jacques Derrida during which Derrida talks candidly approximately his response to Caputo’s writings and spells out the consequences for faith and the query of God after deconstruction. Caputo responds to the worries expressed by way of his interlocutors within the comparable funny, erudite, and not easy spirit for which he's identified. the result's a full of life and stimulating debate, protecting issues within the philosophy of faith, deconstruction, political philosophy, feminism, and hermeneutics, in addition to matters surrounding the paintings of Aquinas, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and Rorty.

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A real decision requires undecidability, requires being in a situation where the deck is not stacked in favor of one option, where the conclusion is not contained in the premises, where the only way a situation can be resolved is through judgment and decision. Undecidability is an account of judgment, not an attack upon it. Good minimalist that I mean to be, I am not here to heap jeremiads upon our heads, to curse the day I was born, or even to complain about the 8 A Passion for the Impossible taxes I have to pay (which seem to us all like an expenditure without return).

Then the reports start to sound alike and the travelers begin to report a “possible confusion” as to where they are and what is going on. That phenomenal finding of a point of possible confusion I take to be a central phenomenal fact and proof positive of the undecidability that besets our lives, the undecidability that works its way into the interstices of our beliefs and practices, our ethics and religion, and this in virtue of différance. Enter Derrida and deconstruction, those old nemeses of the Lovers of the Good and the True.

It requires great courage of him, and that’s the reason why I am so happy not only to be with him and to discuss with him, but also to attend the conferences he organizes at Villanova, a place where they are open and not reactive in the way other universities and other philosophy departments sometimes are. It is thanks to Jack that this milieu is open to these things. In the course of these conferences he does a wonderful job in terms of putting people together, people who come from different traditions and religious backgrounds, as well as from non-religious backgrounds, and he organizes an ongoing discussion which goes far beyond myself and my own small contribution.

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