The Word Became Machine: Derrida's Technology of Incarnation

Derrida Today 6 (1):36-57 (2013)
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For Derrida, the technological, automatic and mechanical could never simply be defined as external or opposed to the voluntary, conscious and spiritual. The articulation and repeatability of the trace means that there is something machinic that is inseparable from the possibilities of meaning, choice and faith. This paper will draw on various texts – including ‘Faith and Knowledge’, Without Alibi and On Touching – to explore the mutual unravelling of machine and flesh in the Christian doctrine of the incarnation. It will argue that the incarnation should not be interpreted as the self-emptying of God, but as the productive resistance of the immanent world to being appropriated by a discourse of transcendence. Taking account of Derrida's engagement with Nancy, it will explore a deconstruction of Christianity that is not ‘mere Christian hyperbole’, but the ruin of salvation itself



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Corpus.Jean-Luc Nancy - 2008 - New York: Fordham University Press.
Paper machine.Jacques Derrida - 2005 - Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

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