Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology

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Cambridge University Press, 1995 - Religion - 258 pages
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This study offers a new and original analysis of the problem of religious language. Taking as its starting point Karl Barth's doctrine of analogy, it places this doctrine within the context of German Sprache and Rede philosophies and reveals the historical links between them and the work of the philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Drawing out the parallels between this work and Barth's insights into the language of theology, it concludes that Barth's doctrine of analogy is a theological reading of Derrida's economy of diffrence. This important contemporary interpretation of Karl Barth reveals his closeness to postmodern thinking and underlines his relevance to current debates on the language of theology. It will be of interest to those studying both general questions of theology and language and the particular relationship between theology and postmodernism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
LOGOCENTRISM
11
Karl Barths two models for the nature of language
13
Sprachphilosophie from Hamann to Humboldt
35
Forms of logocentrism among Barths contemporaries
53
Earth between Sprache and Rede philosophy
79
DIALOGUES WITH DIFFERENCE
105
Heideggers dialogue with difference
109
Barths theology of the Word and Levinass philosophy of Saying
147
DIFFÉRANCE
171
Derrida as Levinass supplement
177
Barth and Levinas their difference as différance
200
Derridas supplement
209
Earth and the economy of différance
235
Conclusion Comment ne pas parler¹
252
Index
257

Bubers dialogue with difference
126

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Carrie Hagen is a graduate of Penn State and the College of New Jersey, as well as the Goucher College MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction. Hagen lives in Philadelphia.

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