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Material SpiritReligion and Literature Intranscendent$
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Gregory C. Stallings, Manuel Asensi, and Carl Good

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255405

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255405.001.0001

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The Material Working of Spirit

The Material Working of Spirit

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Material Spirit

J. Hillis Miller

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This chapter first draws on a passage from an essay by Claire Colebrook to reflect on the phrase “material spirit.” It then shows that the Christian dogma of the incarnation is the basic form of material spirit in Western culture. It goes on to show—with help from Burke, Marx, and Derrida—the way secular ideologies are transposed forms of the linguistic structures present in wordings of the incarnation.

Keywords:   Claire Colebrook, incarnation, Burke, Marx, Derrida

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