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Religions 2017, 8(3), 37; doi:10.3390/rel8030037

Transcendence, Taxis, Trust: Richard Kearney and Jacques Derrida

Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich, Germany
Academic Editor: Justin Sands
Received: 18 January 2017 / Revised: 26 February 2017 / Accepted: 6 March 2017 / Published: 9 March 2017
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Whatever else it takes to drive a taxi, it takes trust. Day after day, the driver has to decide whether the other is or is not trustworthy. I take the taxi as a test case to analyze and assess Richard Kearney’s diacritical hermeneutics of the other. I argue that Kearney functionalizes the concept of transcendence in order to connect the transcendence of the finite other to the transcendence of the infinite other. However, in his central critique of the deconstructionists following Jacques Derrida, Kearney counters his connection. While Kearney’s critique of Derrida’s account of absolute alterity is correct and compelling, I argue that Derrida’s critique of a distinction between the trustworthy other and the non-trustworthy other might be more crucial than Kearney contends. Insisting on openness to the other’s otherness, Derrida provokes any hermeneutic of the other to trust in transcendence. The taxi is taken as a test to illustrate the implications which diacritical and deconstructive drivers might have for evaluating the entanglement of ethics and eschatology—inside and outside the taxi. View Full-Text
Keywords: transcendence; immanence; trust; Richard Kearney; Jacques Derrida; alterity; otherness transcendence; immanence; trust; Richard Kearney; Jacques Derrida; alterity; otherness
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Schmiedel, U. Transcendence, Taxis, Trust: Richard Kearney and Jacques Derrida. Religions 2017, 8, 37.

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