Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem

Paperback | November 22, 2016

byFrançois LaruelleTranslated byRobin Mackay

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François Laruelle's lifelong project of "nonphilosophy," or "nonstandard philosophy," thinks past the theoretical limits of Western philosophy to realize new relations between religion, science, politics, and art. In Christo-Fiction Laruelle targets the rigid, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek thought, and the radical potential of Christ, whose "crossing" disrupts their circular discourse.

Laruelle's Christ is not the authoritative figure conjured by academic theology, the Apostles, or the Catholic Church. He is the embodiment of generic man, founder of a science of humans, and the herald of a gnostic messianism that calls forth an immanent faith. Explicitly inserting quantum science into religion, Laruelle recasts the temporality of the cross, the entombment, and the resurrection, arguing that it is God who is sacrificed on the cross so equals in faith may be born. Positioning itself against orthodox religion and naive atheism alike, Christo-Fiction is a daring, heretical experiment that ties religion to the human experience and the lived world.

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François Laruelle's lifelong project of "nonphilosophy," or "nonstandard philosophy," thinks past the theoretical limits of Western philosophy to realize new relations between religion, science, politics, and art. In Christo-Fiction Laruelle targets the rigid, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek though...

François Laruelle is emeritus professor at the University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre la Défense (Paris X), and a lecturer at the Collège International de Philosophie. He is the author of more than twenty works of philosophy, including Principles of Non-Philosophy, Philosophies of Difference, Future Christ, and The Concept of Non-Photogr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231167253

ISBN - 13:9780231167253

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Preface: Christianity Stripped Bare by ChristIntroduction: A Gnostic Theology in the Quantum Spirit1. A Generic Repetition of Gnosis: To Desuture Christ from Theology2. The Idea of a Science-in-Christ: Christ, Science, and Their Gnostic Suture3. From the Theo-Christo-Logical Doublet to Unilateral Complementarity4. Construction and Functioning of the Christic Matrix5. Algebra of the Messianic Wave6. Christic Science and Its Occasions7. The Two Laws of Substantial Religious Existence, and Christ as Mediate-Without-Mediation8. The Generic Science of the World9. Indiscernible Messianity10. Scientific Discovery and Revelation11. The Science of the Cross12. The Science of the Resurrection13. Messianity and Fidelity: The Faithful of-the-Last-Instance14. Faith Harassed by BeliefNotesIndex

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a profound contribution to a messianic and Christological thought divorced from the strictures of orthodox theology