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Being Different: More Neoplatonism after Derrida by Stephen E Gersh

By Stephen E Gersh

Having now benefited from doable variations and reports of a number of the most crucial authors in the Neoplatonic culture of western philosophy, it's time for us to learn those fabrics extra actively when it comes to the philosophical advancements of the overdue 20th century that supply the best possibilities for intertextual exploration. The hermeneutical undertaking that beckons was once began in Stephen Gersh's Neoplatonism after Derrida: Parallelograms (Brill, 2006) and is raised to a better strength in his current quantity. the following a brand new path is charted within the interpreting of such old authors as Proclus, Damascius, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Meister Eckhart via a serious engagement with the deconstructions of pagan and Christian Neoplatonic texts within the writings of Jacques Derrida.

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563. The connection between predication and presence is implicit at this point, but will be rendered explicit in a subsequent paragraph. See note 26. 6 Derrida, HTAS, pp. 101–102/CNPP, p. 564. The crucial notions here are the references to oscillation and logic. 7 “A sufficiently homogeneous, homologous, or analogous relation” (un rapport assez homogène, homologue ou analogue). 8 “In order that what is … may owe its being … to this Good” (pour que ce qui est … doive à ce Bien son être …). 9 See HTAS, p.

2 Derrida marks the beginnings of these two sections of his discussion formally with the Arabic numerals 1 and 2. 1. bridging the gap another. A prominent feature of Paradigm A will be the simultaneous inversion and non-inversion of an asymmetrical contradiction in a deconstructive process, the asymmetrical contradiction in this case being the axiological priority of the Form of the Good’s negativity above Being over Khōra’s negativity below Being. But Derrida’s discussion of the Republic passage itself,3 unlike that of the Timaeus passages to be treated later, does not immediately involve deconstruction.

The beginning of this sub-section is marked by the phrase “on the one hand …” (d’une part …). 5 For the connection between “being” (essence) and “presence” (présence) that governs this idea see Jacques Derrida, How To Avoid Speaking: Denials, p. 101 /Comment ne pas parler: dénégations, p. 563. The connection between predication and presence is implicit at this point, but will be rendered explicit in a subsequent paragraph. See note 26. 6 Derrida, HTAS, pp. 101–102/CNPP, p. 564. The crucial notions here are the references to oscillation and logic.

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