“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MP3: Derrida Speaks on Atheism and Negative Theology

Derrida argues that we expose belief to absolute doubt. “The great mystics are experiencing this. They are experiencing the death of God ... the non-existence of God ... I pray to someone who does not exist.” But he doesn't say, hey, let's drop belief. “Believing implies some atheism however paradoxical it may sound ... The true believers know this better than others ... they experience atheism all the time and this is part of their belief ... It is in this epoche that faith appears ... So when I say ‘I rightly pass for an atheist’ ... nevertheless, although I confirm that it is right to say that I am an atheist, I can't say that I AM an atheist, as a position ... that I am this and not anything else ... this would sound obscene. I wouldn't say I am an atheist, I wouldn't say I am a believer. It is this statement that I find absolutely ridiculous ... who can say, ‘I am an atheist.’ I just write some sentences.”

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