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Touching Transcendence, in the Flesh

William Robert

in Trials

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237203 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231652.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Touching Transcendence, in the Flesh

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Finitude's corporeal opening exposes body, and skin most directly, to risk, which is always double, carrying chance and threat. Bound together corporeally, they cannot but expose themselves to the risky and indiscernible chance threat of every event, since they are themselves eventive and, therefore, open. Their fleshly existences extend solicitation and offer response to alterity and its riskiness. Finitude, like the corporeality that materializes it, must resist any totalizing closure that would enable containment. Such a totalizing move of enclosure would be one of self-enclosure, requiring a mastery that is impossible since bodily living dying remains and must remain open, exposed, fragile, vulnerable, incomplete, unfinished. Moreover, this kind of enclosure would happen only thanks to an absolute limit that encompasses every possibility within its bounds—an absolute limit with no outside. Furthermore, the interconnection of infinity and finitude in “the infinity proper to finitude” relates to the association of transcendence and immanence.

Keywords: infinity; finitude; open; body; skin; transcendence; immanence; corporeality

Chapter.  7674 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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