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The Twilight of the Doxai: Or, How to Philosophize with a Whac-a-Mole(TM) Mallet
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (2012)
  • Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein, Wesleyan University
Abstract
This article evaluates the hermeneutic value of the category of belief from the perspective of a broadly “continental” philosophy of religion. From Socrates’s dismantling of his interlocutors’ doxai to Pseudo-Dionysius’s un-saying of the divine names to Kierkegaard’s noetic divestment to Derrida’s aporetic genealogies, it argues that “belief ” is the target, rather than the telos, of philo- sophic scrutiny. For the authors engaged here, beliefs are phantasms—uninterrogated positions that uphold a kind of routine political, psychological, or theological order—whose unraveling opens the possibility of difference, and thus of thinking itself.
Keywords
  • belief,
  • continental philosophy,
  • Socrates,
  • Pseudo-Dionysius,
  • Kierkegaard,
  • Derrida
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein. "The Twilight of the Doxai: Or, How to Philosophize with a Whac-a-Mole(TM) Mallet" Method and Theory in the Study of Religion Vol. 24 Iss. 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mary_jane_rubenstein/9/