Comments on: A Quick Note Re: the Derrida/Caputo Nutshell http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/ A virtual notebook of Christian expression, journey, and study. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:22:08 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7-beta3 hourly 1 By: Shawn Anthony http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4419 Shawn Anthony Sun, 13 May 2007 01:48:34 +0000 http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4419 @Kyle: Yes, the Europeans brought diseases. Did they know they were doing so? Maybe not. The point I can't get beyond is that they brought it. I'm not able to make the jump from their delivery to a lack of diversity on the part of the indigenous peoples as ultimate culprit. @Dan: Ah! I'm quite envious of your position as one of Hauerwas' students! It must have been a seriously rich experience and study, I'm sure. I love his work. Your advice re: Caputo's work as start point is received, and happily so! Thanks bro. @Kyle: Yes, the Europeans brought diseases. Did they know they were doing so? Maybe not. The point I can’t get beyond is that they brought it. I’m not able to make the jump from their delivery to a lack of diversity on the part of the indigenous peoples as ultimate culprit.

@Dan: Ah! I’m quite envious of your position as one of Hauerwas’ students! It must have been a seriously rich experience and study, I’m sure. I love his work. Your advice re: Caputo’s work as start point is received, and happily so! Thanks bro.

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By: Dan Morehead http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4413 Dan Morehead Sat, 12 May 2007 11:43:38 +0000 http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4413 Shawn-- As one of Hauerwas' students and someone who enjoys both Derrida and Caputo (though I generally tell people to read Caputo if they're just getting into either's work), I'm glad you're reading it. Slightly more challenging and already mentioned, but worth reading is Caputo's <i>The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida</i>. Dan Shawn–

As one of Hauerwas’ students and someone who enjoys both Derrida and Caputo (though I generally tell people to read Caputo if they’re just getting into either’s work), I’m glad you’re reading it. Slightly more challenging and already mentioned, but worth reading is Caputo’s The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida.

Dan

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By: Kyle http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4363 Kyle Wed, 09 May 2007 13:52:19 +0000 http://www.lofitribe.com/2007/05/08/a-quick-note-re-the-derridacaputo-nutshell/#comment-4363 I think of deconstruction as a useful tool. I actually used something like deconstruction in my paper on Literature theory, which was sort of the thesis class for English majors in my school. My problem is I get the impression that people like Derrida actually thought of deconstruction as a way of life, a philosophy very close to pure nihilism. As for the Native American thing, I am serious. I'm pretty sure I buy into the arguments presented in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/1491-Revelations-Americas-Before-Columbus/dp/1400032059/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-9161125-9288807?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178717923&sr=8-1" rel="nofollow">1491</a>. I don't think this is "blaming the victim" though. I think this is historical fact. The Indians were in fact victims of oppression. The Europeans did push their advantage to the point of villainy. But this would not have been possible had the Indians not first been victims of something the Europeans took advantage of, but could not help but cause. A bad analogy: blaming the victim would be saying to a rape victim: "well, you <a>are</a> female." It's something else again to say to a tortured POW, "it sure didn't help that, before the enemy got to you, you had already broken both arms." Of course, even that analogy doesn't go all the way: It was the Europeans who brought the diseases. They just didn't know they were doing it. I think of deconstruction as a useful tool. I actually used something like deconstructi