Adoration by Nancy, Jean-Luc; McKeane, John

By Nancy, Jean-Luc; McKeane, John

During this paintings, Jean-Luc Nancy is going past his past old and philosophical suggestion and attempts to imagine - or a minimum of crack open a bit to considering - a stance or bearing that would be compatible to the retreat of God that effects from the self-deconstruction of Christianity.


This publication makes use of a deconstructive strategy to assemble the heritage of Western Monotheism (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) and reflections on modern atheism. It develops Nancy's options of Read more...

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But rather an adoration of what is not set up on any altar or throne, does not drape itself with glory, and whose setting up, if it takes place at all, is at most also a prostration, a deposition [déposition], an abandonment. Nothing is more familiar to us than to lament the threat hanging over the world and existence—and this is more than just a characteristic of our tradition, even if it was considerably reinforced when Sophocles, in Hölderlin’s understanding of him, said that man is “monstrous .

Of creation and the affirmation of the atemporal permanence of a matter—or an energy—that is always already given, always already there. At each instant of time this there is there, opened as an ex. This world that opens up is not a “possible world,” since no projection of possibilities has preceded it: nothing, in the heart of nothingness, draws up the plans or the hypotheses of any kind of world. Instead, the world is the improbable rupture, the separation of day from night, of waters from earth, of this molecule from that, of this existence from that.

But this is not the only reason why we shall not simply affirm the necessity of adoration, however self-evident or sensible it might appear, because it is not the right reason. It not the right reason on two grounds. First, such a reasoning presupposes that adoration could only be addressed to the shimmering and dubious population that has just been listed, those who occupy the altar or the circus ring for a moment only. In truth, we can only learn how things stand with adoration by beginning with a question.

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