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From the One to the Blank

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Of the three "architectural models" of Negative Theology constituting the event-place structure of "How to Avoid Speaking: Denials". part II: paradigm A. Plato, paradigm B. Pseudo-Dionysius and Meister Eckhart, and paradigm C. Heidegger, Derrida characterized the first as Greek, the second as both Greek and Christian, and the third as neither Greek nor Christian. From the historical viewpoint, Damascius rather obviously stands outside the Greek and Christian traditions, having come from Damascus in the modern Syria and presided over a philosophical school closed by the Christian authorities. From the philosophical viewpoint, he stands outside these two traditions in a more radical way, having presented an absolutely unique challenge to the "onto-theological" assumptions on which both depend. For both these reasons, we will substitute Damascius for Heidegger and, on occasion, read Damascius as Heidegger in articulating our philosophical response to the third Derridean paradigm of Negative Theology.

Keywords: Christian authorities; Damascius; Derrida; event-place structure; Heidegger; Meister Eckhart; Negative Theology; onto-theological; Plato; Pseudo-Dionysius



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