Post-modern interpretations of the Tower of Babel

Post-modern interpretations of the Tower of Babel have viewed it as a metaphor about mutual incomprehensibility, entropy, or the futility of an appeal to the gods. “The tower of Babel does not figure merely the irreducible multiplicity of tongues; it exhibits an incompletion, the impossibility of finishing, of totalizing, of saturating, of completing something on the order of edification, architectural construction, system and architectonics,” Derrida, J., “Des Tours de Babel” in Anidjar, G., Jacques Derrida – Acts of Religion 104 (2002). In this way, it stands for “the attempt at totalization made by metaphysical discourse,” Casey, D., “Luce Irigaray and the Advent of the Divine: From the Metaphysical to the Symbolic to the Eschatological,” 12 Pacifica 27 (Feb. 1999).1

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