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The “Light of Light Beyond Light”

Derrida’s “Question” and the Meta-ontological Origins of Philosophy and Violence

Carl Raschke

light”. And, he points out, “the heart of light is black, as has often been noticed.” 13 How can we, therefore, transpose philosophy into a different (non-Greek) register that accounts for this curious “black light” that backlights the entirety of the philosophical tradition in a manner which

Eric S. Nelson

desolation of the earth and of human existence.” 31 the desert is “the deserted [ verlassene ] expanse of the abandonment [ Verlassenheit ] of all life.” 32 Heidegger might be said to “criticize” National Socialism in a sense in this way in this and other works of this era. He does so, however, in the Black

From the Unconditioned to Unconditional Claims

Violence, Radical Theology, and Crisis

Jason W. Alvis and Jeffrey W. Robbins

theology in times of war, nihilism, and political exile. The unconditioned ground of being is like a foreboding black hole, with holiness fluctuating between the demonic and the divine. Were it not for Tillich – who followed the traces left by German Idealism – the topic likely would have remained in the

Unconditional Responsibility in the Face of Disastrous Violence

Thoughts on religio and the History of Human Mortality

Burkhard Liebsch

violence and not the oft-quoted decentring within the cosmos which supposedly inflicted upon mankind its worst narcissistic insult. Is not man left robbed even of his species underneath a black, empty heaven? Does not disaster show precisely how violence stops at nothing and never actually had to? 35 Does

Knowing Limits

Toward a Versatile Perspectivism with Nietzsche, Heidegger, Zhuangzi and Zen

Bret W. Davis

continues to harbor what I have called “residues of will.” 68 These residues are not restricted to his exasperating experiments with weaving anti-Semitic tropes into his onto-historical thought in the Black Notebooks of the 1930s, nor even to the problem of Greco-Germanic Eurocentrism or “onto

Emmanuel Falque

Translator Sarah Horton

‘insane asylum’ [ asile de fous ], had not the preceding century, the sixteenth, unbridled madness, as it were, because of the consequences of the black plague in the fourteenth century and the wars of religion in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Concerning this, let it suffice to consult the

Musical “Covers” and the Culture Industry

From Antiquity to the Age of Digital Reproducibility

Babette Babich

licensing fees, referring to “covers” of music—and this is the cliché backstory to Elvis’s success as many say, whereby white artists would “cover” black artists thus making black sound acceptable to white audiences. Invoking this definition, Don McLean, who wrote a celebrated ballad to pop music with his

Double Hospitality

Between Word and Touch

Richard Kearney

circumstances of an encounter with a person who not too long ago used these same hands, this same voice, to authorize and initiate unspeakable acts of malice against (black) people very much like myself.” 20 This was no cheap grace, no act of facile sentiment. If anything the strange unpredictable moment

Christopher D. Merwin

. There are moments too of experimentation and attempts to explore ideas using new terms. In a series of entries on the idea of the epochal from what appears to be the early 1940s (it is difficult to tell but is near a reference to one of the “Black Notebooks” from that time), Heidegger makes use of the

The Verge of Silence

Gadamer on Celan and the Poetic Word

Daniel L. Tate

greatest concentration and density.” See Dennis Schmidt, “Black Milk and Blue: Celan and Heidegger on Pain and Language” in Word Traces: Readings of Paul Celan , ed. Aris Fioretos (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 1994), 116. 44 Gadamer, Relevance of the Beautiful , 106. 45 Ibid., 112. 46