“In Spinozan terms, Josef K.’s observation about the pervasiveness of lying is an assertion of his power (potentia), an act of resistance against an empty law devoid of truth. This is not a sense of freedom as the opposite of the imprisonment in guilt that is the outcome of a transcendent law. It is, rather, as Deleuze and Guattari put it, a “line of escape and not freedom” (Kafka 35). In other words, it is a sense of freedom that operates in a register that is different from that of a law without truth. In fact, it is a liberation precisely from that false promise of freedom contained in transcendent law. This is not an absolute freedom from imprisonment and guilt, but a freedom that is mediated by its agonistic relation to that illusory sense of absolute freedom. Josef K. liberates himself from the universalization of empty law. He is free from the illusory promise of a universal freedom that the empty law without truth offers.” – Dimitris Vardoulakis, “Kafka’s Empty Law: Laughter and Freedom in The Trial” in Brendan Moran and Carlo Salzani (eds), Philosophy and Kafka, Lexington Books, 2013, pp. 33-52

…but he doesn’t realise or act on it because he’s still chasing the phantom of “complete acquittal” – standing in front of an open door that he can’t walk through

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