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Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction, and the Hermeneutic Project

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"This is a remarkable book: wide-ranging, resonant, and well-written; it is also reflective and personable, warm and engaging." --Philosophy and Literature

"With this book Caputo takes his place firmly as the foremost American, continental post-modernist... " --International Philosophical Quarterly

"One cannot but be impressed by the scope of Radical Hermeneutics." --Man and
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Ryan
Aug 08, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
In Radical Hermeneutics, Caputo defines the hermeneutic project, at least the one he is interested in, as a hermeneutics of the flux, an attempt to face and interpret the flow of existence: life, time/temporality, finitude, death, change, etc. in opposition to the philosophical term(s) of essence, ideal, eternity, infinity and, of course, being/presence. Informed by Derrida he, offers a deconstructive reading of recent philosophy of the flux starting with Kierkegaard (whom Caputo seems to hold, ...more
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May 30, 2016 Tom rated it it was amazing
Once the reader has waded through the first half of the book, a morass of dense philosophy, and soared through the passionate and powerfully eloquent (yet remaining importantly ambiguous) second half, they might find their entire understanding of existence and life radically opened up to new possibilities. This book, without a doubt, changed my life, and will continue to do so as I revisit it both in memory and ink. It is extremely important for both theists and atheists alike, and supports a ...more
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Aug 03, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it
An interesting intermingling of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Derrida in order to give birth to a mobile thinking; a "hermeneutics of the flux."
If you are interested in any or all of the three thinkers named above then you might as well give this text a read. It isn't world-changing (it is purely based on others' thinking), but it is an interesting mobile assemblage of thought.
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