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- DescriptionThis book is a profound and eagerly anticipated investigation into what is left of a motheistic religious spirit-tably, a minimalist faith that is neither confessional r credulous. Articulating this faith as works and as an objectless hope, Nancy deconstructs Christianity in search of the historical and reflective conditions that provided its initial energy. Working through Blanchot and Nietzsche, re-reading Heidegger and Derrida, Nancy turns to the Epistle of Saint James rather than those of Saint Paul, discerning in it the primitive essence of Christianity as hope. The religion that provided the exit from religion, as he terms Christianity, consists in the anuncement of an end. It is the anuncement that counts, however, rather than any finality. In this anuncement there is a proximity to others and to what was once called parousia. But parousia is longer presence; it is longer the return of the Messiah. Rather, it is what is near us and does t cease to open and to close, a presence deferred yet imminent. In a demystified age where we are left with a vision of a self-enclosed world-in which humans are longer mortals facing an immortal being, but entities whose lives are accompanied by the time of their own decline-parousia stands as a question. Can we venture the risk of a decentered perspective, such that the meaning of the world can be found both inside and outside, within and without our so-immanent world? The deconstruction of Christianity that Nancy proposes is neither a game r a strategy. It is an invitation to imagine a strange faith that enacts the inadequation of life to itself. Our lives overflow the self-contained boundaries of their biological and sociological interpretations. Out of this excess, wells up a fragile, overlooked meaning that is beyond both confessionalism and humanism.
- Author BiographyJean-Luc Nancy is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Universit Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; The Ground of the Image; Listening; 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 (all Fordham). BETTINA BERGO is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montral and the author of Levinas: Between Ethics and Politics. The most recent of her many translations is, with Michael B. Smith, I (Fordham). GABRIEL MALENFANT is a graduate student at the University of Montral. MICHAEL B. SMITH is Professor Emeritus of French and Philosophy at Berry College and thetranslator of many works, including, with Bettina Bergo, Judeities: Questions for Jacques Derrida (Fordham).
- Author(s)Gabriel Malenfant,Jean-Luc Nancy,Michael B. Smith
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2008
- Series TitlePerspectives in Continental Philosophy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight431 g
- Width5830 mm
- Height3895 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byBettina Bergo
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