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Hoff, Johannes (2009) Das Paradox des Glaubens und der Holzweg moderner Entscheidungslogik. Kierkegaards Lektüre von Genesis 22 und ihre Wirkungsgeschichte von Heidegger bis Derrida und darüber hinaus. (The Paradox of Faith and the Dead End of the Modern Logic of Decision Making: Kierkegaard’s reading of Genesis 22 and its History of Reception from Heidegger to Derrida and beyond). In: Hoping, H, Knop , Julia, Bohm, Thomas, (eds.) Die Bindung Isaaks. Stimme, Schrift, Bild. Paderborn: Schoeningh Ferdinand GmbH, pp. 239-256. [Book section]

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    This essay investigates the significance of contemporary debates on the logic of the ‘event’ for the paradigm shift of contemporary theology. Subsequent to Jacques Derrida’s reading of Kierkegaard, the above essay argues that Kierkegaards account of the paradoxical features of revelatory ‘events’ was a predictable response to the inherent aporiae of the modern, and particularly Kantian concept of autonomy which can be traced back to Rousseau’s idea of the ‘authentic (subjective) act’. Kierkegaard’s response had a profound impact on Martin Heidegger’s early attempts to secularize the Christian concept of the (revelatory) ‘event’ in his phenomenological accounts of temporality and ‘authenticity’ (Eigentlichkeit). However, as his involvement in the National Socialist movement indicates, Heidegger’s approach turned out to be problematic and even dangerous to the same extent as it tended to formalize the logic of the ‘event’ by insulating its paradoxical features from the narrative and spiritual context that prevented it from appearing as arbitrary. Heidegger, and particularly the late Heidegger, was still aware of this problem, whereas post-modern accounts of the ‘authentic act’ and the related ‘truth event’ (such as in Alain Badiou’s and Slavoj Zizek’s) tend to formalize it even more. Against this background it is argued that the aporiae of contemporary accounts of the ‘truth event’ can only be overcome by a re-contextualisation that takes seriously its embedding in the narratives and habits of the related Jewish-Christian tradition. Hence this essay provides a contribution to the overcoming of the modern dualism between the sacred sphere and secular culture, starting from a discussion of a problem that is highly important for the understanding of the ‘event culture’ of globalized media-societies.

    Item Type: Book section
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Professor Johannes Hoff
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2014 12:55
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2015 21:30
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2091

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