Summary: The Gift of Death, Jacques Derrida's most sustained consideration of religion, explores questions first introduced in his bookGiven Timeabout the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Czech philosopher Jan Patocka'sHeretical Essays in the Philosophy of Historyand develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Levinas, and Kierkegaard. One of Derrida's ma ...show morejor works,The Gift of Deathresonates with much of his earlier writing, and this highly anticipated second edition is greatly enhanced by David Wills's updated translation. This new edition also features the first-ever English translation of Derrida's Literature in Secret. In it, Derrida continues his discussion of the sacrifice of Isaac, which leads to bracing meditations on secrecy, forgiveness, literature, and democracy. He also offers a reading of Kafka'sLetter to His Fatherand uses the story of the flood in Genesis as an embarkation point for a consideration of divine sovereignty. ''An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of religion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida.''Booklist, on the first edition ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 2ND 08
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