“Effects of Grace”: Detranscendentalizing


in Planetary Loves

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233250
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240487 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

“Effects of Grace”:                 Detranscendentalizing

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Perhaps the most important thing to grasp when reading Spivak on religion is her insistence on detranscendentalizing. She insists on it as the secular work of the humanities. This chapter explores this insistence on detranscendentalizing, as it relates to a much larger theme in her work: that is, ethical singularity. In other terms, the theory compressed into the phrase detranscendentalizing alterity helps us think about what she means by love. These ideas are considered by reading one instance of alterity—the myth of the antichrist—in order to trouble the political calculations that are made in the name of Christ. This troubling is a kind of queering.

Keywords: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; love; antichrist; queering

Chapter.  5749 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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