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Beyond the Doctrine of ManDecolonial Visions of the Human$
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Joseph Drexler-Dreis and Kristien Justaert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286898

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.001.0001

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Life beyond the Doctrine of Man: Out of This World with Michel Henry and Radical Queer Theory

Life beyond the Doctrine of Man: Out of This World with Michel Henry and Radical Queer Theory

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(p.217) Chapter 9 Life beyond the Doctrine of Man: Out of This World with Michel Henry and Radical Queer Theory
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Beyond the Doctrine of Man
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Kristien Justaert
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.003.0010

This chapter considers the meaning of life beyond the doctrine of Man in the context of a total rejection of this world within the work of the French philosopher Michel Henry and in recent developments in radical queer theory. This means that the reflection on life starts from a position of negativity and a rejection of the so-called “logic of inclusion” as a response to situations of oppression: one does not find life or liberation through access to or participation in the world of Man. Searching for alternative ways to conceive of a notion of “life,” this chapter connects Michel Henry’s understanding of “flesh” as the incarnation of life beyond the world of representation with radical queer theory’s critique of Western modernity’s orientation toward an ever better future. Authors such as Judith Halberstam, Leo Bersani, and Lee Edelman reveal the creative potential of a queer life in the absence of a future.

Keywords:   auto-affection, Michel Henry, no future, radical queer theory, representation, world

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