Minimal Theologies : Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas (eBook, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Minimal Theologies : Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas

Author: Hent de Vries
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What, at this historical moment "after Auschwitz," still remains of the questions traditionally asked by theology? What now is theology's minimal degree? This magisterial study, the first extended comparison of the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, explores remnants and echoes of religious forms in these thinkers' critiques of secular reason, finding in the work of both a "theology in pianissimo"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Emmanuel Levinas; Theodor W Adorno; Emmanuel Levinas; Theodor W Adorno; Emmanuel Levinas; Theodor W Adorno; Emmanuel Levinas; Theodor W Adorno
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hent de Vries
ISBN: 9781421437507 1421437503
OCLC Number: 1131904476
Notes: The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.
Originally published as Johns Hopkins Press in 2005.
Description: 1 online resource (1 online resource (xxxiv, 720 pages))
Contents: Toward a critique of theology --
A possible internal and external differentiation of Habermas's theory of rationality --
Paradox and aporia in Adorno's philosophy of nonidentity --
The construction of occidental subjectivism: reductio ad hominem versus remembrance of nature in the subject --
The breaking apart of western objectivism and the resurrection of the particular and the ephemeral in the philosophy of history --
Metaphysical experience --
Paradox and aporia in Levinas's philosophy of the ethical-religious other --
Levinas on art and truth --
The dialectics of subjectivity and the critique of objectivism --
Loosening logocentrism: language and skepticism --
From unhappy consciousness to bad conscience --
"The other theology": conceptual, historical, and political idolatry --
Appendix: The theology of the sign and the sign of theology: the apophatics of deconstruction.
Other Titles: Theologie im pianissimo & zwischen Rationalitat und Dekonstruktion.
Responsibility: Hent de Vries ; translated by Geoffrey Hale.

Abstract:

What, at this historical moment "after Auschwitz," still remains of the questions traditionally asked by theology? What now is theology's minimal degree? This magisterial study, the first extended comparison of the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, explores remnants and echoes of religious forms in these thinkers' critiques of secular reason, finding in the work of both a "theology in pianissimo" constituted by the trace of a transcendent other. The author analyzes, systematizes, and formalizes this idea of an other of reason. In addition, he frames these thinkers' innovative projects within the arguments of such intellectual heirs as J?rgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida, defending their work against later accusations of "performative contradiction" (by Habermas) or "empiricism" (by Derrida) and in the process casting important new light on those later writers as well. Attentive to rhetorical and rational features of Adorno's and Levinas's texts, his investigations of the concepts of history, subjectivity, and language in their writings provide a radical interpretation of their paradoxical modes of thought and reveal remarkable and hitherto unsuspected parallels between their philosophical methods, parallels that amount to a plausible way of overcoming certain impasses in contemporary philosophical thinking. In Adorno, this takes the form of a dialectical critique of dialectics in Levinas, that of a phenomenological critique of phenomenology, each of which sheds new light on ancient and modern questions of metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. For the English-language publication, the author has extensively revised and updated the prize-winning German version.

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