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Caputo in a Nutshell: Two Very Introductory (and Slightly Critical) Lectures

Author(s): Mark MANOLOPOULOS

Journal: Postmodern Openings
ISSN 2068-0236

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Caputo | Derrida | deconstruction | justice | forgiveness | gift | hospitality

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.

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