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The gift of death

Author: Jacques Derrida
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1995.
Series: Religion and postmodernism.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Derrida's main concern is with the meaning of moral and ethical responsibility in Western religion and philosophy. He questions the limits of the rational and the responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Beginning with a discussion of Patocka's Heretical Essays on the History of Philosophy, Derrida develops Patocka's ideas concerning the sacred
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Isaac, (Biblical patriarch); Jan Patočka; Søren Kierkegaard; Isaac, (Biblical patriarch); Søren Kierkegaard; Jan Patočka
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Derrida
ISBN: 0226143058 9780226143057
OCLC Number: 30895722
Description: viii, 115 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Secrets of European Responsibility --
2. Beyond: Giving for the Taking, Teaching and Learning to Give, Death --
3. Whom to Give to (Knowing Not to Know) --
4. Tout autre est tout autre.
Series Title: Religion and postmodernism.
Other Titles: Donner la mort.
Responsibility: Jacques Derrida ; translated by David Wills.
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Derrida's main concern is with the meaning of moral and ethical responsibility in Western religion and philosophy. He questions the limits of the rational and the responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Beginning with a discussion of Patocka's Heretical Essays on the History of Philosophy, Derrida develops Patocka's ideas concerning the sacred and responsibility through comparisons with the works of Heidegger, Levinas, and, finally, Kierkegaard. Derrida's treatment of Kierkegaard makes clear that the two philosophers share some of the same concerns. He then undertakes a careful reading of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, comparing and contrasting his own conception of responsibility with that of Kierkegaard, and extending and deepening his recent accounts of the gift and sacrifice.

For Derrida, the very possibility of sacrifice, especially the ultimate sacrifice of one's own life for the sake of another, comes into question.

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