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Hearing Voices

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This chapter focuses on the citations early in the text of Augustine's references to God as wise without wisdom, good without goodness, powerful without power, and Bernard of Clairvaux's references to the love of God as a mode without a mode, noting that these utterances which all concern a negativity that is without negativity and a transcendence both not other and wholly other imply "a principle of multiplication of voices and discourses". The phenomenon constituted by simultaneous affirmation and negation of terms and the simultaneous quotation and non-quotation of utterances is exemplified at greater length in Derrida's handling of the intertextual relations between Quasi stella matutina and other works. With respect to Hermetic work, Derrida notes sermon's account of twenty-four masters who assembled in order to discuss the nature of God and the assertion by one of those masters that God is something that is of necessity above Being.

Keywords: Augustine's references; Clairvaux's references; Derrida; discourses; God; Hermetic work; Quasi stella matutina; voices



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