Kantian Transpositions: Derrida and the Philosophy of Religion

By Eddis N. Miller

Kantian Transpositions offers a massive new interpreting of Jacques Derrida’s writings on faith and ethics. Eddis Miller argues that Derrida’s overdue texts on faith represent an interrogation of the that means and chance of a “philosophy of religion.” it's the first ebook to completely have interaction Derrida’s declare, in “Faith and data: the 2 resources of ‘Religion’ on the Limits of cause Alone” to be transposing the Kantian gesture of pondering faith “within the boundaries of cause alone.”

Miller outlines the phrases of this “transposition” and reads Derrida’s paintings as an try and enact the sort of transposition. alongside the way in which, he stakes out new flooring within the debate over deconstruction and ethics, showing—against fresh interpretations of Derrida’s work—that there's a moral second in Derrida’s writings that can't be understood appropriately with out accounting for the decisive position performed via Kant’s ethics. the result's the main sustained demonstration but provided of Kant’s indispensible contribution to Derrida’s proposal.

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Regularly comes right down to eager to decrease fetishism. Fetishism, to shape opposed to itself the unanimity of founders and destroyers, needs to certainly someplace represent the opposing solidarity: the disclosing of the column, the erection of the article itself, the rejection [rejet] of the synthetic. [. . . ] so long as fetishism can be criticized [. . . ] will the economic system of metaphysics, the philosophy-of-religion, were tampered with? 38 “Philosophy of faith” is therefore associated with the critique of fetishism because the “rejection of the unreal” and the “erection of the article itself. ” For Derrida, this technique is certainly at paintings in Kant’s faith, although Kant’s 37 DE C O N S TRUCT I NG okay ANT ’ S RE LI GI ON textual content resists the transparent demarcation of alternative (statutory religion) and factor itself (pure ethical religion). hence there's within the faith, as in Freud’s textual content, an undecidability of the fetish. Derrida notes that for Kant in addition to Hegel, “the teleological horizon of ‘true and specific faith’ is the disappearance of the fetish”;39 and but, Hegel and Kant fluctuate as to exactly what constitutes the object itself of faith. Derrida says that based on Hegel: The (Kantian) principle in response to which “we can comprehend not anything of God” is a prejudice of the time with which one needs to holiday if one desires to inaugurate a philosophy of faith. Hegel by no means questions that this philosophy of faith needs to be Christian. yet he attracts from it a diametrically antagonistic end: if in piety the query is agreeable God the daddy and taking excitement within the legislation (Kant), is striving for perfection for this reason, how might that be attainable if we have been enclosed within the phenomenon and left God past wisdom (theoretical wisdom, what Hegel doesn't are looking to distinguish the following from the sensible relation)? in line with the formalizable legislations of a chiasm(us), Hegel in sum reproaches Kant with being untrue to cause and to Christianity, simply as Kant reproaches those that think they recognize God (that could have been the case with Hegel) with degrading faith to non secular folly, to the delirium of conceitedness, or to fetishism. “This [Kantian] viewpoint [. . . ] [is] against the total nature of the Christian faith. ” Revelation is revelation. A published faith is a faith within which God finds himself. He doesn't disguise himself, doesn't carry himself again or in reserve, doesn't defend himself in it. The Christian faith is right, since it is the faith of fact, manifestation, and revelation. forty This “law of chiasmus” indicates the mutual accusations of fetishism that Kant and Hegel hurl at one another during this fictitious discussion. Hegel accuses Kant of fetishism for worshipping a God who by no means finds himself as such, a inspiration of God antipathetic to Christianity, that is the top and so much entire faith accurately since it is the faith of revelation. Kant, nonetheless, accuses Hegel of fetishism accurately simply because he thinks he can understand God speculatively, claiming entry to the assumption of God via a direction except that of sensible cause.

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