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Transforming Representation: Jacques Derrida and the End of Christianity

Martin Koci
Published Online: 2019-07-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0018


The central question of this paper revolves around the problem of representation. Following Jacques Derrida and his critique of representation, this paper will interconnect two, at first sight distinct, topics: Christianity and the world of media. For Derrida, Christianity stands behind our common understanding of representation, whereas the media are the major driving force of any representation today. The central argument of this paper is to unfold this link between Christianity and representation and thus to elaborate on the idea of representation in relation to the end of Christianity announced by Derrida. Firstly, I will review Derrida’s account on the logic of representation. Derrida deems Christianity to be responsible for the logic of representation discernible in today’s media world and offers a devastating critique of the concept. Secondly, I will contextualize Derrida’s approach by pointing out the tension between the modern and postmodern perspectives on representation. Thirdly, I will return to a close reading of Derrida. Fourthly, I will offer a critique of Derrida’s critique and will look further at the possible meanings of ‘the end of Christianity.’

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Christianity; Representation; Modernity; Postmodernity; Media


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About the article

Received: 2019-03-15

Accepted: 2019-06-12

Published Online: 2019-07-19

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 116–124, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0018.

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© 2019 Martin Koci, published De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License. BY 4.0

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