William Robert

in Trials

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237203 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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This book examines the two trials of Antigone and Jesus, individually and relationally. Antigone and Jesus each effectively articulate “I am on trial” as she or he appears before powerful authorities and, in the process, palpably confronts her or his mortality. To the question “Who is on trial?” or “Who says ‘I am on trial’?” The book explores two responses: Antigone (and with her, “the human”, humanism, sexual difference, and distinctions of nature and culture) and Jesus (and with him, relations of humanity and divinity and, more specifically, ways of figuring humanity vis-à-vis divinity). Moreover, entwining Antigone and Jesus puts on trial resistances to or effacements of tragedy in Christian traditions—resistances or effacements whose roots run as deep as many Christian traditions themselves.

Keywords: trials; Antigone; Jesus; mortality; humanity; nature; culture; tragedy; divinity; sexual difference

Chapter.  1805 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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