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SILVEIRA, Maria da Glória S.. Possible theological roosts of post-modern philosophies. Interações [online]. 2002, vol.7, n.13, pp. 45-53. ISSN 1413-2907.

This article intends to detect theological vestiges, especially Augustinians, in so-called philosophical post-modernity, in order to contribute to the present debate concerning modernity and post-modernity. Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Foucault, Wittgenstein, Dewey, Barthes - philosophers that are known as representatives of post-modern philosophy, questioned in depth some ancient ontological, epistemological, ethical and esthetical certainties. Notions such as mind, representation, reality, fundaments of knowledge, that are central in epistemology and the Enlightenment's project of modernity, were severely rejected in name of a philosophy in which languages, or more properly, discourses, are constituted in the fluid midst of experience, in which objects and subjects are equally constituted. Very far from theological thought founded in revealed truths, therefore uncontested. However, an examination of passages of Augustine's "Confessions", presented in this article, certain surprising affinities between Augustinian text and the post-modern perspective come to light. It remains open to question at the end, whether there is the supposed break between philosophical post-modernity and the cultural Judeo-Christian territory around which modern thought still gravitates.

Keywords : Philosophy; Theology; Modernity; Post-modernity; Epistemology.

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