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Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
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.
Rubenstein, Mary-Jane V., "The Twilight of the Doxai: Or, How to Philosophize with a Whac-a-Mole(TM) Mallet" (2012). Division II Faculty Publications. Paper 117.