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Towards a Divine Atheism: Jean-Luc Nancy's Deconstruction of Monotheism and the Passage of the Last God

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  • In Briefings on Existence, Alain Badiou calls for a radical atheism that would refuse the Heideggerian pathos of a “last god” and deny the affliction of finitude. I will argue that Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of monotheism, as well as his thinking of the world, remains resolutely atheistic, or better a-theological, precisely because of Nancy’s insistence on finitude and his appeal to the Heideggerian motif of the last god. At the same time, I want to underline, by considering it as a Derridean paleonymy, the danger of Nancy’s maintenance of the word “god” to name the infinite opening of the world right at (à meme) the world.

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    2011
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    Article (Published)
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    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WP9TN15
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    Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareALike 4.0 International
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    • Morin, M.-E. (2011). Towards a Divine Atheism: Jean-Luc Nancy's Deconstruction of Monotheism and the Passage of the Last God. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 15(1), 29-49. https://doi.org/10.5840/symposium20111512
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    https://doi.org/10.5840/symposium20111512