Soulblind, or On Profanation

Zartaloudis Thanos

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634620
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652440 | DOI:
Soulblind, or On Profanation

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This chapter moves through a sequence of short meditations on Gilbert Simondon's theses on individuation, the contemporary syncope of meaning for Jean-Luc Nancy, Friedrich Nietzsche on Anaximander and Heraclitus, and the authoritarian clamp-down of theurgia, among others. The individuation of the individual is to be thought of as emerging from milieux and as happening in milieux. Human culture to be truly human passes into the hands of poetry where its soulblind matter resides in potentiality. Religion, state politics, law, philosophy, morality, among others, have been almost from the beginning bound to theurgia, an experience founded on authority rather than knowledge. The prehistoric world of the daimon was dominated by divine law and guilt; the historic world is dominated by their absence in the sense of their delimitation and internalisation, the absolute soulblind government by an angelic authority over a life of indifference and total spectacle.

Keywords: Gilbert Simondon; Jean-Luc Nancy; Friedrich Nietzsche; individuation; potentiality; daimon; theurgia

Chapter.  7343 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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