The Democracy To Come: Notes on the Thought ... finally given its fullest elaboration in Rogues : Two Essays on ... Notes on the Thought of Jacques Derrida ”
Instructor: Lewis, Alexander
Term: Fall 2017
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
John D. Caputo has a distinctive approach to deconstruction-and-religion that he calls "weak theology". According to Caputo, the distinctive reinterpretive act of weak theology has resulted in the notion of the "weakness of God". The paradigm of God as an overwhelming physical or metaphysical force is regarded as mistaken. The old God-of-power is displaced with the idea of God as an unconditional claim without force. As a claim without force, the God of weak theology does not physically or metaphysically intervene in nature.
This deconstruction is effected in two ways ("La Double Séance," ., "The Double Session"). He argues that these oppositions cannot be simply transcended; given the thousands of years of philosophical history behind them, it would be disingenuous to attempt to move directly to a domain of thought beyond these distinctions. So, construction first attempts to compensate for these historical power imbalances, undertaking the difficult project of thinking through the philosophical implications of questioning and presenting complications to show the contingency of such divisions.