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François Laruelle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167246

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.001.0001

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Algebra of the Messianic Wave

Algebra of the Messianic Wave

(p.103) Five Algebra of the Messianic Wave

François Laruelle

, Robin Mackay
Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the algebra of the messianic wave. It first considers the idempotence of the messianic lived and how a mere algebraic property can suture itself (and more than this) to transcendence. It suggests that algebraic idempotence must be interpreted or translated philosophically and/or theologically in order to be utilizable in the matrix, and that there is never theology—even a theology in-Christ rather than in-Philosophy—without a transcendence now unleashed into belief, now abased into faith. It considers two effects of idempotence: the first effect makes it function concretely in quantum physics as a “principle of superposition,” and the second involves the principle that subtracts this determination from its always active or threatening philosophical reprisal. The chapter also discusses messianity and the unilateral complementarity of Christ.

Keywords:   algebra, messianic wave, idempotence, transcendence, theology, belief, faith, quantum physics, messianity, unilateral complementarity

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