Christ Subjects: Michel Henry, Francois Laruelle, and the Politics of Life

Noys, B. (2016) Christ Subjects: Michel Henry, Francois Laruelle, and the Politics of Life. In: Como se forma un sujeto politico? Universidad de Los Andes Press, Bogota, Columbia, pp. 199-212. ISBN 9789587743616

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This chapter examines the theorization of the extreme form of subjective destitution and subjectivation through the figure of Christ. The analysis focuses on two explicitly theological and political uses of Christ as the figure of redemptive destitution, in the work of Michel Henry and François Laruelle. In different ways they approach the problem of subjectivation through what we could call, after Laruelle, the ‘Christ-Subject’. This tracing of this line of thinking is a sceptical one, focused on the problem of the political reversal from a position of destitution and powerlessness into a position of power. This form of subjectivation speaks to Marx’s analysis of the proletariat, risks a valorization of suffering and destitution that may not become activated politically. The possible foundering of this reversal indicates a crucial problem in contemporary theoretical and philosophical turns to the value of life as the central operator of subjectivation.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:26
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 09:40

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