By Catherine Keller
The event of the most unlikely churns up in our epoch at any time when a collective dream turns to trauma: politically, sexually, economically, and with a undeniable ultimacy, ecologically. Out of an old theological lineage, the determine of the cloud involves express hazard within the face of the very unlikely. An previous mystical nonknowing of God now hosts a present wisdom of uncertainty, of indeterminate and interdependent results, in all probability catastrophic. but the connectivity and collectivity of social pursuits, of the delicate, not likely webs of an alternate idea of life, hold materializing--a haunting desire, densely entangled, suggesting a extra convivial, relational world.
Catherine Keller brings strategy, feminist, and ecopolitical theologies into transdisciplinary dialog with continental philosophy, the quantum entanglements of a "participatory universe," and the writings of Nicholas of Cusa, Walt Whitman, A. N. Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze, and Judith Butler, to improve a "theopoetics of nonseparable difference." worldwide events, own embroilments, spiritual variety, the inextricable relatives of people and nonhumans--these phenomena, of their unsettling togetherness, are exceeding our potential to grasp and deal with. by means of staging a sequence of encounters among the nonseparable and the nonknowable, Keller exhibits what will be born from our cloudiest entanglement.
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Extra resources for Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)
While the idea of the importance of kinship enjoys the status of a first principle in anthropology, the internal workings of kinship systems have long been a focus for intense controversy. Kinship systems vary wildly from one culture to the next. They contain all sorts of bewildering rules which govern whom one may or may not marry. Their internal complexity is dazzling. Kinship systems have for decades provoked the anthropological imagination into trying to explain incest taboos, cross-cousin marriage, terms of descent, relationships of avoidance or forced intimacy, clans and sections, taboos on names— the diverse array of items found in descriptions of actual kinship systems.
In contrast, the Lacanian theory of the castration complex leaves behind all reference to anatomical reality: The theory of the castration complex amounts to having the male organ play a dominant role—this time as a symbol—to the extent that its absence or presence transforms an anatomical difference into a major classification of humans, and to the extent 10 I have taken my position on Freud somewhere between the French structuralist interpretations and American biologistic ones, because I think that Freud’s wording is similarly somewhere in the middle.
This fit between Lévi-Strauss and Freud is by implication an argument that our sex/gender system is still organized by the principles outlined by Lévi-Strauss, despite the entirely nonmodern character of his data base. The more recent data on which Freud bases his theories testifies to the endurance of these sexual structures. indd 33 33 by reorganizing the domain of sex and gender in such a way that each individual’s Oedipal experience would be less destructive. The dimensions of such a task are difficult to imagine, but at least certain conditions would have to be met.
Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) by Catherine Keller