Caputo in a Nutshell: Two Very Introductory (and Slightly Critical) Lectures | Mark MANOLOPOULOS
Abstract: Originally presented at Monash University, the two lectures offer a very accessible introduction to a number of the major aspects of the work of John D. Caputo, perhaps/probably the most original and consequential postmodern philosopher of religion. The first lecture contextualizes the place of Caputo’s thinking, contrasts his contribution to Mark C. Taylor’s “a/theology”, and examines Caputo’s postmodern figuration of the “Kingdom of God”. The second lecture focuses on Caputo’s philosophico-theological rendering of four key Derridean themes: justice, forgiveness, the gift, and hospitality. Throughout the text, certain critical issues are raised, though the overall appraisal is one of affirmation and admiration.
Keywords: Caputo, Derrida, deconstruction, justice, forgiveness, gift, hospitality.
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