Of the Indefinite Human: Religion and the Nature of Technological Culture

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 the Indefinite Human: Religion and the Nature of Technological Culture

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This chapter engages more recent theorizations of technological culture, associated notably with the “posthuman,” in order to elaborate linkages analogous to those made in theological tradition between creativity and incomprehension. It argues that, in both traditional mystical contexts and contemporary technological contexts, the endless or inexhaustible creative capacity of the human can be understood as a function of the human's relative lack of definition or discretion, and hence of its incapacity to comprehend itself or its creation. The image of the human that emerges here, what is called “the indiscrete image,” goes hand in hand with the ongoing creation of a world that itself remains irreducible to the comprehensible limits, to the principled origins and ends, of any totalizing representation or “world picture”.

Keywords: technological culture; posthuman; creativity; incomprehension; creation; indiscrete image

Chapter.  14534 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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