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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Tragedy, Christianity, and the impossible cross in Jesus' mortal body and, more specifically, in this body's expeausition. Jesus attests to this extreme exposure, with its implicit vulnerability, by attesting to his finitude in his interwoven articulations of “this is my body” and “'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me'?” Their entwining becomes manifest in and through Jesus' postdivinity. Jesus lives on as postdivine and posthumanous; he, like Antigone, lives on between two deaths in a corporeal, living dying survival that exemplarily performs an expeausition and ex-position of God and, with God, of humanity and divinity. Furthermore, the inextricability of postdivinity's trial run from the trying ordeal of Jesus' mortal body stresses the necessarily tragic dimensions of Jesus' trials—in all three registers: examination, test, and ordeal. Thus in tragedy, Jesus and Antigone come together again, and together they aver, with Jacques Lacan, that “tragedy is at the root of our experience”.

Keywords: tragedy; Christianity; Jesus; postdivinity; Antigone; ex-position; God; trials; Jacques Lacan

Chapter.  1166 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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