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Narrow gates, strait ways: the postmodern sacred and the icon

Vella, David;
Open Access English
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This study compares two prevalent notions in postmodern philosophy and critical-cultural theory: the sacred and the icon. On the one hand, the sacred has often been described as the exposure to an abyssal reality that is completely foreign to human perception and control. This deeply subversive event is presented through two of its\ud most influential thinkers, Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot. On the other hand, the icon marks the experience of a sensitivity to the singular selfhood of the other. It\ud comprises a loving receptivity to its unique identity, in particular the identity of the human or divine stranger who is excluded or victimized by human nar...
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