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“For the Creation Waits with Eager Longing for the Revelation”

Leonard Lawlor

in The Implications of Immanence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226535
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226535.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

“For the Creation Waits with             Eager Longing for the Revelation”

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This chapter proposes that in Memoirs of the Blind, Derrida is engaged in a deconstruction of Christianity. The deconstruction takes place through the self-portrait, which is a figure of auto-affection. But this figure of auto-affection seems to center on one painting: Jan Provost's Sacred Allegory. The central point in what Derrida writes about this painting is that the eye has nothing to do with sight but with weeping, with tears. What is important about tears is that they are ex-orbitant, they pass over the limit of the ocular globe. Tears of mourning for a departed lover, as they run down the face, draw lines, tracings, or figures, whose forms, we might say, proclaim, like Scripture (of course, écriture, in French), an other still to come, becoming thereby tears of joy. At the end of Memoirs of the Blind, Derrida wonders whether animals can cry too. And if they can cry, do they not also, like us, wait for an other still to come, do they not also wait for the revelation? In any case, when we think about crying, we must think of the eye as a source-point, as an origin.

Keywords: Derrida; deconstruction; metaphysics; Christianity; Memoirs of the Blind

Chapter.  6925 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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