Truth Speak

in Loving Yusuf

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226035864
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035888 | DOI:
Truth Speak

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This chapter explores the adventures of truth as a discursive claim. It argues that adherence to any religion is not the only result of such a conception of the sign. More in general, this qualified, transformative wholeness of the sign provides the space for a freedom à la Baruch Spinoza. Such a freedom is “critical,” as philosopher James Tully says. Critical freedom is the practice of seeing the specificity of one's own world as one among others, and intertemporally, this freedom sees the present as fully engaged with the past that, insofar as it is part of the present, one can freely rewrite. This chapter focuses on the relationship to truth as it manifests itself in the discursive versionings of Yusuf's and Mut's story, and calls this relationship truth speak.

Keywords: truth; religion; sign; freedom; Baruch Spinoza; critical freedom; truth speak

Chapter.  9075 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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