chapter  9
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GOD OR KHORA?

Another concept which defies reason and brings us to the very edge of hermeneutic understanding is khora. First invoked in Plato’s Timaeus, this borderline concept has become a recurring stamping ground for several contemporary thinkers. The allusive and undecidable character of this nameless name – serving as a sort of Hellenic obverse of Exodus 3:15 – has provoked a number of intriguing readings, from the psychoanalytic interpretations of Kristeva and Zˇizˇek to the deconstructive ones of Caputo and Derrida. In what follows, we review some of these before advancing our own hypothesis that God and Khora are not so much diametrically opposed alternatives as supplementary partners in dialogue – what I call the ‘third way of posse’.