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After Writing: On the Liturgical Cosummation of Philosophy



After Writing: On the Liturgical Cosummation of Philosophy

Catherine Pickstock

ISBN: 978-0-631-20672-9 December 1997 Wiley-Blackwell 312 Pages



After Writing provides a significant contribution to the growing genre of works which offers a challenge to modern and postmodern accounts of Christianity.
Part I: The Polity of Death:.

1. Socrates Goes Outside the City: Writing and Exteriority.

2. Spatialization: The Middle of Modernity.

3. Signs of Death. Transition: "Can My Eating Slake Your Hunger": The Evacuation of Liturgy.

Part II: The Sacred Polis:.

4. I Will Go Unto the Altar of God: The Impossible Liturgy.

5. Seraphic Voices: The Space of Doxology.

6. The Resurrection of the Sign.



"Highly recommended." Fergus Kerr, Blackfriars, Edinburgh

"After Writing establishes Catherine Pickstock as one of the most promising young theologians in the English-speaking world. The book is insightful, provocative, and of consistently high scholarly quality." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University

"I applaud the thesis of this impressive work." Paul Avis, Center for the study of the Christian Church Exeter

"One could in conscience recommended this volume only to the ambitious and determined, but they will find it rich, and Pickstock is a name to be watching for." William C. Placher, Christian Century

"Catherine Pickstock, has perhaps written the best riposte yet to the archbishop's request for a 'spiritual space' within the Millennium Dome." C. W. Kemp

"Pickstock's discussion of Derrida is sophisticated." Bryan D. Spinks, Yale University

"Lightning may now be said to have struck in the form of Catherine Pickstock's After Writing, a bright flash in the sometimes murky world of religion and Postmodernism." David Williams, Religion & Literature

"its theses are destined to be the subject of much discussion." Tracey Rowland, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

"Her argument deserves to be widely discussed: it is genuine theology, an example of what might be done were Christian theologians to abandon idolatry and take seriously the reality of the triune God to whom their work is supposed to be subject." Paul Griffiths, University of Chicago

"The proposal of a radical self-surpassing giftedness in the eucharist invites the possibility of future conversations with other hermeneutical positions." David Livingston, Mercyhurst College

"This a book of real originality, and in its finest moments it achieves an almost visionary intensity ... She is extraordinarily gifted, and I suspect that in this book we have merely glimpsed her portent." Pro Ecclesia

  • Provides an overview of the debates surrounding postmodernism and its impact on theology.
  • Powerfully critiques the works of central figures in contemporary theology and philosophy including Derrida, Serres, Marion and Lacoste.
  • Cosolidates Blackwell's contribution in such cutting edge debates.