On Michel de Certeau

I thought this will be an interesting background stuff for our reading of Michel de Certeau on 16 March, 2012. Natalie Zemon Davis provides a comprehensive review of Michel de Certeau’s personal belief and writing. Particularly interesting is the way this piece speaks of de Certeau’s attempt to open up Christianity to the world: “Openness to the world was at the heart of Certeau’s position as a Christian. After 1970, his writings widened in scope and audience; his critical use of “heterologies” to describe religious and cultural practices won him support in France and abroad, and also adversaries.”

Natalie Zemon Davis, “The Quest of Michel de Certeau.”


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