The Motif of the Messianic: Law, Life, and Writing in Agamben's Reading of Derrida

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The Motif of the Messianic is the first sustained commentary on Giorgio Agamben’s use of the messianic, with a view of his polemical relationship to Jacques Derrida. Arthur Willemse explains Agamben’s move beyond Derrida by way of his critical intervention in the Aristotelian concept of potentiality and the ensuing transformation of the role of theology and theist assumptions within philosophy. Willemse argues that it is not the case that Agamben announces the redundancy of theology, but instead he revitalizes it by changing its focus from the realm of the sacred toward the realm of the profane.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham
PublisherLexington Books
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4985-4412-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4985-4411-5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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