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Fragmentation and MemoryMeditations on Christian Doctrine$
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Karmen MacKendrick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229499

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229499.001.0001

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The Sin of Origin

The Sin of Origin

(p.32) 2 The Sin of Origin
Fragmentation and Memory

Karmen MacKendrick

Fordham University Press

Original sin is generally understood as the human heritage of the sin of Adam and Eve described in the third book of Genesis, in which the couple ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge though God has forbidden them to do so, and are consequently condemned to labor and to mortality. However, this chapter considers original sin as an ostensibly “primary” fragmentation that in fact complicates or even undoes the notion of primacy or of origin. The theoretical considerations of original sin come fairly directly from the works of Augustine, but they are read through curious comments that Gilles Deleuze makes on the nature of sin in his reading of Leibniz, and through a Deleuzean questioning of origin more generally. It holds that Leibnizian damnation is the infinite repetition of some original sin, but that origin is missing or almost irrelevant, impossibly disproportionate to the stubborn continuation of hate.

Keywords:   original sin, Deleuze, Leibzniz, Augustine, fragmentation, hate

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