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Another Finitude: Messianic Vitalism and Philosophy.


Another Finitude: Messianic Vitalism and Philosophy

Agata Bielik-Robson



287 pages



Political Theologies


With a main theme of finite life, Bielik-Robson enlists four major allies uniting them under the heading of messianic vitalism, despite their differences. She is not ready to turn her back on infinity. Citing her claim to originality, she would see the infinite transposed in order for it to become a requisite moment of the finite life. While this appears to be a paradox, she reminds the reader that Kierkegaard defined the human being in terms of an impossible conjunction of the finite and infinite. Eschewing the ancient rule that what is born will die, she sides with the modern aporia against the late-modern nirvanic principle that would declare it to be no longer problematic. She finds that living in the paradox is worth the effort. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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