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Iconoclastic TheologyGilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism$
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F. LeRon Shults

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748684137

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684137.001.0001

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Loosening Theological Chains

Loosening Theological Chains

(p.62) 3 Loosening Theological Chains
Iconoclastic Theology

F. LeRon Shults

Edinburgh University Press

Like the “instructor” in Plato’s allegory of the cave, the iconoclastic theologian is interested in loosening the chains that bind thinkers in the dark. Like Glaucon, she will agree with Socrates that these prisoners will naturally be distressed when they become aware of the extent to which their shackles have limited their perspective. For her, however, the problem is not that thinkers are fettered in such a way that they can only see simulacra, and the solution is not leading them out of the cave and up into the light so that they can contemplate the source of true knowledge. Engaging Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, this chapter discloses and dissolves a much more powerful and far less easily perceived Chain that ties thinkers, along with their aspiring Platonist saviours, to an image of thought that is always and already itself bound up within the domain of “representation,” and bound to judgments based on transcendent ideals.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, Theology, Porphyry

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