The European Reception of John D. Caputo’s Thought. Radicalizing Theology

Edited by Martin Koci and Joeri Schrijvers

Lexington Books (2022)

This book gathers the European reception of John. D. Caputo's proposal for a radical theology of our time. Philosophers and theologians from within Europe respond to Caputo's attempt to configure a less rigid, less dogmatic form of religion. These scholars, in turn, receive responses by Caputo. This volume so aims to strengthen the development of radical theology in Europe and abroad.

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Academic debates, like bread, can quickly become stale if not infused with new ingredients. By resituating John D. Caputo’s work and legacy within a European context, this volume brings much needed vitality to postmodern philosophy of religion and envisions exciting directions for its future. Including disciples and critics of radical theology among its contributors, the volume demonstrates both the continuing relevance of Caputo’s questions for the field and also the productive implications of his proposals. This book is a game changer because it reminds us of why the game matters so much in the first place.

—J. Aaron Simmons, Furman University


Such an important book, not just for those wanting to better understand Caputo but for those wondering what the future of religion and of theology might be in our post-Christian world. Fundamentally, The European Reception of John D. Caputo’s Thought questions how we honour our debts to the traditions we inhabit, especially when we want to contest those traditions. In doing so, it provides a model for the future of radical theology: affirming and acknowledging the concrete conditions in which our theology is generated while nevertheless hoping to enliven those conditions further through our radical theological reflection.

—Neal DeRoo, The King's University


The thirteen essays in this extensive anthology add substantial and convincing evidence to the claim that John D. Caputo is now and has been for decades a dominant global thinker, one who haunts both philosophy and theology with stimulating specters of the radical. The international sensitivities of the contributors and the eclectic diversity of their topics signal the richness of Caputo’s thought and prophesy the future intellectual endurance of his protean interests and insights. Kudos, therefore, to the editors and contributors for expanding the secondary Caputo bibliography with such a provocative and profitable text.

—B. Keith Putt, Samford University


[This] is a collection of high-quality contributions, both varied and coherent, giving detailed, thoughtful, and challenging discussions of Caputo’s thought written by thinkers in or from Europe. Caputo’s responses add further coherence and an engaging kind of dialogical character. In bringing together authors in Europe, this volume works to establish Caputo’s themes here, with continuity but perhaps less reliance on the North American scene. The questions it asks also invite further radical questions about Europe, the difficult glory of its haunting past, and the promise of its insistent future (perhaps).

—Forum Philosophicum