Review of Metaphysics 55 (4):852-854 (2002)

Why, after two centuries of secularization, does biblical religion not only survive but, recently, even find support from some philosophers, among them notably Derrida, who maintains that “citations from religious traditions are more fundamental to the structure of language and experience” than all the reductionist “genealogies, critiques, and transcendental reflections” of post-Enlightenment thought? The western religious tradition survives because, from the beginning, it has internalized a radical critique: the theological via negativa which, by strenuously qualifying religion’s factual, logical, and ontological claims, brings about religion’s death but simultaneously and perpetually assures its resurrection whether “in its present guise or in another”.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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