• Sophie Fuggle
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)


Carrying out any kind of excavation—literal or metaphorical—requires a constant negotiation between two opposing processes. Every attempt to strip away another layer of matter, history, or discourse necessarily involves adding an additional layer or surface as the debris piles up around us. Moreover, it is important to recognize the impossibility of doing this cleanly and evenly—what one ends up with is a collection of uneven lumps and patches—and the attempt and failure to make definitive sense of these fragments and traces is perhaps part of the human condition or, at the very least, what keeps academics in business. To assume the role of archaeologist inevitably involves getting dirt under one’s fingernails. Not only are we ourselves bound up, implicated in this process of excavating, we also must and should recognize ourselves as such, acknowledging the ways in which our handling of the material that we are sifting through both adds and takes away from it.


Master Narrative Continental Philosophy Political Theology Negative Theology Archaeological Approach 
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