Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology by Graham WardBarth, Derrida and the Language of Theology by Graham Ward

Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology

byGraham Ward

Paperback | February 15, 1999

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This study offers a new and original analysis of the problem of religious language. Taking as its starting point Karl Barth's doctrine of analogy, the author draws parallels between Barth's insights into the language of theology and the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, and concludes that Barth's doctrine of analogy is a theological reading of Derrida's economy of différance. This important interpretation reveals Barth's closeness to postmodern thinking and underlines his relevance to current debates on the language of theology.
Title:Barth, Derrida and the Language of TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:February 15, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521657083

ISBN - 13:9780521657082


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Logocentrism: 1. Karl Barth's two models for the nature of language; 2. Sprachphilosophie from Hamann to Humboldt; 3. Forms of logocentrism among Barth's contemporaries; 4. Barth between Sprache and Rede philosophy; Part II. Dialogues with Difference: 5. Heidegger's dialogue with difference; 6. Buber's dialogue with difference; 7. Barth's theology of the Word and Levinas's philosophy of saying; Part III. Différance: 8. Derrida as Levinas's supplement; 9. Barth and Levinas: their difference as différance; 10. Derrida's supplement; 11. Barth and the economy of différance; 12. Conclusion: Comment ne pas parler; Index.

From Our Editors

Graham Ward investigates the philosophy of religious language in this volume. Working from the framework of Karl Barth's theory of analogy, Ward explores the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida to gain a better understanding of the language of theology. Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology shows the contemporary relevance of the work of these philosophers.

Editorial Reviews

"It is a brilliant and complex analysis of Barth's way of responding to the post-Kantian crisis of representation in the form of a theology of the Word of God." Religious Studies Review