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These essays are written by means of students from generally differing disciplines and traditions. Theologians, philosophers, literary critics and historians of principles method the query of ways the judaeo-Christian culture of theological mirrored image has suffered from and may negotiate the emergence of postmodern conception and perform in literature and feedback. Chapters take care of particular texts from Euripides to modern fiction, and with the traditions of cultural conception from Nietszche to Benjamin, to Derrida and what David Klemm identifies because the tragedy of current theology.

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The first copula belongs to the fatal law of contradiction, the second to life-giving paradox. On neither copula can we rest. But the illusion - for us, although never for the Greeks - is that we can rest upon what the Greeks (never) rest upon, the contradictory play, within natural space and time, of rest and motion: nature, whose very rhythm is that of the endlessly infinite but no less terminally finite exchange between blind chance (life) and ignorant fate (death). Thus our illusion becomes transcendental, indeed both tragic and comic, when, not subject (in imagination) to the contradictions of space and time, we rest upon the present copula and thus reduce rest- love, consummation, freedom, contentment, happiness, justice, consolation, salvation, the coming of the Messiah to the contradictions of presence, in repression of both past despair (or joy) and future joy (or despair), and do not will, with Nietzsche, that our past, all the past with its heaviest burdens - of despair and joy - become our future, all the future with its heaviest burdens of despair and joy: now- maintenant, freely, affirmatively.

Indeed, Derrida's point is that Sollers's novel dismantles the illusion of what he calls theatrical representation, 'the illusion of the present, the illusion, which, playing upon the dead surface, makes us believe in the secure foundation of an originary donation or providence' (p. 308). Writing is framing, both the outside frame and the framing which inscribes the frame(-up)- the illusion- within the very structure of writing. That which frames (the author, the human being, God) is also subject - by the logic of self-referentiality or the double genitive- to its own framing.

It is in the formulation, the determination, of these issues that Jaques Derrida, the self-erasing master of reconstruction, makes a contribution, like no other, to contemporary thinking. In determining writing, which he also calls general writing - and, additionally, the trace, the arche-trace, the supplement -as the difference which subverts the binary opposites, the dualisms, of what he calls Western metaphysics, from Plato through Descartes and Hegel down to the present, by inscribing them, not as the causes of but as the effects of differance, difference marked, remarked, as the difference which cannot be spoken but only written, Derrida mounts a comprehensive critique of literature and philosophy - and also theology - all subsumed under the category of the closure of metaphysics: ontotheo-logo-phallo-phonocentric presence.

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