Limbo Reapplied: On Living in Perennial Crisis and the Immanent Afterlife

Springer Verlag (2018)


The observation that our world is signed by a lasting crisis is as much underwritten as it is questioned. This book offers a new and provocative thesis by taking recourse to the religious discourse of Limbo, and by investigating the temporal and spatial structures of crisis and modernity. Modernity reveals itself to be the state of perennial crisis, and we all live in an immanentized state of Limbo.

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Extraduction: Ascent Out of Limbo

Just like it seems impossible for the eschatological world to come to materialize without the arrival of the Messiah, so it seems impossible to escape from Limbo or our world of perennial crisis without a similar intervention from above. But is it? An active attempt of toppling over of the hegemonic... see more

Modernity: A Limboic Fool’s Paradise

Acceleration and globalization are generally considered as the fundamental aspects of modernity’s experience of, respectively, time and space. The precedence given to these forces over their opposites of deceleration and localization seems, however, to be an ideological imposition . Modernity’s spat... see more


Crisis, perennial crisis, is the cipher of our times. We should, however, be aware of its interpretational extremes. Living in a perennial crisis does not mean that the end of the world is nigh, but neither can crisis language simply be ignored. If anything, a better understanding of crisis’ main st... see more


Having been cancelled in 2007, Limbo, and its legacy, remains to be well researched . A profound and thorough investigation in its genealogy, geography, history , and poetics demonstrates how a secularized Limbo could still prove to be very operative in our contemporary world. Maybe the papal demise... see more

Visual Anteprima

What is Limbo, and what is it all about? To allow a smoother encounter with the purely technical aspects of the theological discourse on Limbo, this chapter starts with a discussion, a sort of visual ‘appetizer’, of Andrea di Bonaiuto’s and Anish Kapoor’s respective fresco and installation entitled ... see more


Certain experiences are beyond words. Other experiences, especially some contemporary ones, are beyond words still in usage. Living in times of crisis is one of them. The religious discourse on Limbo helps, however, in understanding this experience of a lasting crisis. This introducing chapter start... see more

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