A Non-Philosopher's Confession of Faith
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 240
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
In this new translation, Laruelle offers a serious and rigorous challenge to contemporary theological thought, calling into question the dominant understanding of the relation between Christ, theology, and philosophy, not only from a theoretical, but also political perspective. He achieves this through an inversion of St Paul’s reading of Christ, through which the ground for Christianity shifts. It is no longer the ‘event’ of the resurrection, as philosophical and theological operation (Badiou’s St Paul), so much as the Risen Himself that forms the starting point for a non-philosophical confession. Between the Greek and the Jew, Laruelle places the Gnostic-Christ in order to disrupt and overturn such theologico-philosophical interpretations of the resurrection and set the Risen within the radical immanence of Man-in-Person. Forming the basis for a non-Christianity, Clandestine Theology offers a more radical deconstruction of Christianity, resting upon the last identity of Man and the humanity of Christ as opposed to endless deferral or difference (Nancy) or the universalising economy of Ideas and Events (Badiou).
Laruelle's questioning of the dualistic arbitrariness of all philosophies inevitably returns us to a monism that is theological, and an immediacy of experience that is religious. His consequent 'clandestine' engagement with Christianity is a provocation that no contemporary theologian should ignore. * Catherine Pickstock, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK * Clandestine Theology is the latest work of one of the most important and radical philosophers today. Francois Laruelle has radicalized philosophy by ridding it of its principle of self-sufficiency and by bringing it back to its metaphysical roots and simultaneously closer to the practice and posture of scientific thought. His theology is a surprising yet perfectly consistent part of his entire non-philosophical project also called the non-standard philosophy. * Katerina Kolozova, Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University American College - Skopje, North Macedonia *