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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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The Logos of God and the End of Humanity:

The Logos of God and the End of Humanity:

Giorgio Agamben and the Gospel of John on Animality as Light and Life

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(p.146) The Logos of God and the End of Humanity
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Divinanimality
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Eric Daryl Meyer

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0010

The writings of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben inform Eric Meyer's essay. Meyer rereads the Johannine prologue (John 1:1-18), the locus classicus for the doctrine of the incarnation, with Agamben and Jacques Derrida. Meyer contests the traditional assumption that the divine Logos (Word) of the prologue is aligned with human discourse. Instead, the prologue's identification of the Logos with zōē (life) aligns it with to zōon (the animal). The human rejection of the Logos that the prologue narrates is human refusal to acknowledge the animality of the divine. The prologue does not endorse the human as a categorically exceptional creature but subverts humanity from within.

Keywords:   Animality studies, Giorgio Agamben, The Gospel of John, The Logos

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