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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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This Is My Body

This Is My Body

Contribution to a Philosophy of the Eucharist

(p.279) This Is My Body
Carnal Hermeneutics

Emmanuel Falque

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes as its subject nothing less than “everything involved in the Eucharist.” The author seeks to give a hermeneutic response to the phenomenological excess of sense over non-sense, of flesh over body, and the weakness of forgetting force, which are all part of the understanding of the Eucharist. This reading sees the viaticum as the joining in the union of bodies in Eucharistic communion, and places desire in relation to the “abiding” of the real presence in the Eucharist. In the Eucharistic communion, the communicant is “fully incorporated into God” such that her animality, corporeality, and desire and made meaningful and converted.

Keywords:   Eucharist, Excess, Communion, God, Sense

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