Of God or a Salamander: The Creative Human as Indiscrete Image

in The Indiscrete Image

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226093154
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226093178 | DOI:
Of God or a Salamander: The Creative Human as Indiscrete Image

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This chapter explains the derivation of the book's title and sketches out the logic and stakes of the “indiscrete image” as it will be developed in the course of the book. It moves between and beyond the positions marked out by Mark C. Taylor, who explores the constructive potential of technoscientific culture but overlooks key aspects of relevant theological tradition, and by Jean-Luc Marion, who constructively appropriates those dimensions of theological tradition while resisting a constructive or even theological reading of technoscientific culture. Along this course, it is shown that a striking resemblance emerges between the technological subject as reimagined constructively, beyond the Heideggerian critique, in what is now commonly called posthuman discourse, and the mystical subject as imagined in its creative capacity by a theological tradition wrongly, or at least incompletely, understood as ontotheological.

Keywords: Mark C. Taylor; Jean-Luc Marion; technoscientific culture; theological tradition; Heidegger; posthuman discourse; ontotheological

Chapter.  14821 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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