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BOUNDARY CONDITIONS<sup>1</sup>

Alastair G Hunter

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 2, pages 99-110
Published in print June 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.2.99
BOUNDARY CONDITIONS1

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After some preliminary remarks on the distractions caused by polarised opinions of post-modernism, this article examines the nature of story as the hermeneutical core of all humanistic discourse. This is paradoxical because story, as the form in which information is presented, demands the suspension of disbelief, while it is of the essence of enlightenment discourse to demand the suspension of belief. Deconstructions, by facilitating the discrediting of seemingly unassailable stones, actually advances the objectives of critical study. In the last part of the article these considerations are applied to three disciplines history, biography and theology, with a view to examining how the concepts of différance and supplément assist these projects without eliding their separate identities as distinct disciplines.

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