The Wedding Feast of the Lamb

Eros, the Body, and the Eucharist

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Emmanuel Falque
Translator(s): 
George Hughes
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
  • Bronx, NY: 
    Fordham University Press
    , September
     2016.
     336 pages.
     $36.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780823270415.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Emmanuel Falque's The Wedding Feast of the Lamb represents a turning point in his thought. Here, Falque links philosophy and theology in an original fashion that allows us to see the full effect of theology's "backlash" against philosophy.

By attending closely to the incarnation and the eucharist, Falque develops a new concept of the body and of love: By avoiding the common mistake of "angelism"--consciousness without body--Falque considers the depths to which our humanity reflects animality, or body without consciousness. He shows the continued relevance of the question "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (John 6:52), especially to philosophy.

We need to question the meaning of "this is my body" in "a way that responds to the needs of our time" (Vatican II). Because of the ways that "Hoc est corpus meum" has shaped our culture and our modernity, this is a problem both for religious belief and for culture.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emmanuel Falque is honorary dean of the faculty of philosophy at the Catholic University of Paris.

George Hughes was professor in the faculty of letters at the University of Tokyo.

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