Monday, March 16, 2009

Augustine, Heidegger, and Derrida

I'm proofreading a brilliant essay (not by me) on these three gentlemen, one of whom I barely understand parts of, the other two of whom I haven't a clue. And that's why the essay is brillian - it makes them seem so clear, relevant, and timely, like you've sat down with them and had a nice conversation.

Like WOW - a sentence like this! - "Derrida finds in Augustine not the virile militancy of a spiritual battlefield but bodies bent by sorrow and grief, not the brawny bravado of Eigentlichkeit but the woman weeping at the foot of the cross, not the combative strength of a Christian soldier but the weakness of a suppliant begging for God’s help, not a masculinized Kampfsphilosophie but love, not a soul whose mettle is fired by a war with concupiscence but saintly eyes blinded by tears."

That's great!


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