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The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern

Alex Dubilet


Against the two dominant ethical paradigms of continental philosophy—Levinas’s ethics of the Other and Foucault’s ethics of self-cultivation—The Self-Emptying Subject: Kenosis and Immanence, Medieval to Modern theorizes an ethics of self-emptying, or kenosis, that reveals the immanence of an impersonal and dispossessed life “without a why.” Rather than aligning immanence with the enclosures of the subject, The Self-Emptying Subject engages the history of Christian mystical theology, modern philosophy, and contemporary theories of the subject to rethink immanence as what precedes and exceeds th ... More

Keywords: Bataille, ethics, Hegel, immanence, kenosis, Meister Eckhart, mysticism, philosophy of religion, subject, transcendence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279463
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Dubilet, author
Vanderbilt University