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Christo-FictionThe Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem$
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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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Indiscernible Messianity

Indiscernible Messianity

Chapter:
(p.169) Nine Indiscernible Messianity
Source:
Christo-Fiction
Author(s):

François Laruelle

, Robin Mackay
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167246.003.0009

This chapter examines Christ's indiscernible messianity. It is not clear whether “Christ” marks an evental source-point in history and theory or instead outlines a transversal in philo-theological space. It argues that Christ is a vector of messianity that addresses itself to the world and that comes from humans into a “space” no longer defined by philosophical coordinates (ecstatic-horizontal transcendence and ecstatic-vertical transcendence, ontology and theology). It also considers retrospective theological and philosophical interpretations of Christ, his reduction to his “macroscopic” or worldly role as a founder of religion, as forms of the pure and simple destruction of the being of his superposition. Finally, it discusses the distinction between the two aspects of unilateral duality: the lived immanence of the generic Same (the Last Instance or the subject-science) and the transcendence that has unilateralized or fallen into immanence.

Keywords:   messianity, Christ, religion, superposition, unilateral duality, immanence, transcendence

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