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The 1st thorough going, severe attention of the paintings of Continental thinker John D. Caputo through a bunch of unusual philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics. The paintings offers Caputo's solutions to his appraisers.

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The essential thing is the non-knowing, the veil of ignorance. So now we can see the salutary effect of the possible confusion over the il in il y a and illeité, the saving factor in the dangerous bit of grammatical undecidability between he/it. For all we know—which is not much— the stars twinkle in a void and the little planet made of dust will one day fall back into the sun. For all we know, the universe will yawn and stretch its 16 A Passion for the Impossible limbs and take another turn. Then all of our little obligations, truths, verities, institutions, structures, etc.

Robert Bernasconi et al. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996), p. 141. 11. Summa Theologiae. Part I, Question 3, Article 8, c. 12. John D. Caputo, AE, chapter 8, pp. 134 ff. 13. In what follows I run together Nietzsche, Levinas, Existence and Existents, trans. Alphonso Lingis (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1978), pp. 57–64, and Derrida, Cinders (Feu le cendre), by way of a certain improvisation upon Derrida’s phrase—if it is his—il y a là cendre. I offer not an explication of this text, which is very personal, very idiomatic, and hard to explain, even for him.

Who warned us about all classifications (glas). We are better served to drop these classifications—between maximalist and minimalist, believer and non-believer in the various messianisms—and to meditate upon the profound maxim that humankind can be divided into officers, servants, and chimney sweeps. NOTES 1. Søren Kierkegaard, Kierkegaard’s Works, Vol. VI, “Fear and Trembling” and “Repetition,” trans. H. Hong and E. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983), p. 162. 2. This is the theme of my MRH.

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