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John D. Caputo
John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo, American Continental philosopher. Born 1940, received his B.A. in 1962 from LaSalle University, his M.A. in 1964 from Villanova University and his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1968 from Bryn Mawr College. His dissertation was entitled "The Development of the Concept of Grund in Heidegger's Thought." Image:JohnDCaputo. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... La Salle University is an institution of higher learning located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Villanova University is a Roman Catholic university in Villanova, Penn. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Bryn Mawr College is a womens liberal-arts college located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, northwest of Philadelphia. ...


Caputo is best known for his work on the borderlines between deconstruction as articulated by Jacques Derrida and religious theory, a line of inquiry he calls the "continental philosophy of religion." Having begun his work in Heidegger and the notion of "ontotheology" (and the possibilities for overcoming it), Caputo migrated toward Derrida and deconstruction. In Derrida he has explored the idea that -- despite characterizations to the opposite -- deconstruction ultimately affirms that which is undeconstructible. Within this theme, Caputo's writings circle such proposals as "religion without religion," the "messianic," and the "to come." Unleashing such ideas on philosophy, religion, and the work of theology, Caputo and his deconstructive tendencies have been criticized for supposedly undermining or relativizing these disciplinary efforts. In critical theory and postmodernism, deconstruction is a textual occurrence which exists within Western systems of language and philosophy. ... Jacques Derrida Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 – October 8, 2004) was an Algerian-born French literary critic and philosopher of Jewish descent, considered the first to develop deconstruction after it emerged in the work of Martin Heidegger. ... The term Philosophy derives from a combination of the Greek words philos meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom. ... Theology is literally reasonable discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ...


Caputo taught in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University until 2004, when he became the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, where he teaches in both the departments of philosophy and religion. He is active in the American Philosophical Association (http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/), the American Academy of Religion (http://www.aarweb.org), and chairs the board of editors for the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (http://www.jcrt.org). 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Syracuse University Syracuse University (SU) is a major private American research university. ...


Bibliography

  • Heidegger and Aquinas (1982)
  • The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought (1986)
  • Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction and the Hermeneutic Project (1987)
  • Modernity and Its Discontents, ed. (1992)
  • Against Ethics - Contributions to a Poetics of Obligation with Constant Reference to Deconstruction (1993)
  • Demythologizing Heidegger (1993)
  • Foucault and the Critique of Institutions, ed. (1993)
  • The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida (1997)
  • Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida, ed./auth. (1997)
  • God, the Gift and Postmodernism, ed. (1999)
  • More Radical Hermeneutics: On Not Knowing Who We Are (2000)
  • On Religion (2001)
  • The Religious, ed. (2001)
  • Questioning God: Religion and Postmodernism II, ed. (2001)
  • Augustine and Postmodernism, ed. (2004)

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John D. Caputo - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography (346 words)
John D. Caputo (born 1940) is an American Continental philosopher.
Caputo is best known for his work on the borderlines between deconstruction as articulated by Jacques Derrida and religious theory, a line of inquiry he calls the "continental philosophy of religion." Having begun his work in Heidegger and the notion of "ontotheology" (and the possibilities for overcoming it), Caputo migrated toward Derrida and deconstruction.
Caputo taught in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University until 2004, when he became the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, where he teaches in both the departments of philosophy and religion.
Postmodern Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1333 words)
John Milbank and James K.A. Smith are leading proponents of radical orthodoxy.
The style of thought owes a deep debt to Jacques Derrida, especially in light of his idea of a "weak force." Gianni Vattimo, John D. Caputo, and Jeffrey W. Robbins have recently completed works that further develop the idea of a weak theology.
According to Caputo, the distinctive reinterpretive act of weak theology has resulted in the notion of the weakness of God.
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