“Lévi-Strauss claims that objects in tribal societies may be assigned to a certain category not simply because they possess properties definitive of that class, but also on the basis of symbolic associations with existing members of the species. As Simon Clarke puts it, ‘A classification [in such societies] does not have an overall logic, but a series of “local logics”, since items can be associated with one another according to very different criteria. The rules in question are many and varied, and can differ from society to society.’” – TERRY EAGLETON citing Clarke http://ift.tt/1e7u07Q
“When Jesus cries out in despair on the cross, demanding of his Father why he has forsaken him, he appeals to an Other which has become momentarily inscrutable.. Am I doing the right thing? Why am I doing this at all?’” – TERRY EAGLETON http://ift.tt/1LAFtdU
“As we enter the epoch of modernity, the sublime is one name for the annihilating, regenerating power we have been investigating.” – ..The sublime allows us to blend a joy in our own cartoon-like unkillability with the contrary pleasures we can also feel free to embrace our own mortality – TERRY EAGLETON http://ift.tt/1NjWckC
“Sentimentalism is really a sympathy with one’s own act of sympathising” – TERRY EAGLETON http://ift.tt/1K5iDKl
“the Real ..is the unfathomable wedge of otherness at the heart of identity which ..because it involves desire.. prevents us from being truly identical with ourselves” – TERRY EAGLETON http://ift.tt/1H2gbU2
“This otherness at the core of our being, for which another name is desire, is as cruelly indiﬀerent to our well-being as the Schopenhauerian Will” – TERRY EAGLETON http://ift.tt/1K3ZM28
“The freedom which modern civilization prizes as its spiritual essence is also a kind of vacancy at its heart. Absolute freedom spells the death of difference.” – Absolute freedom is Thanatos in the flesh. A frenziedly abstract drive rides roughshod over concrete particulars – but since it cannot find an image of itself in any of them, it loses grip on itself and lapses into a kind of nothing.
Holy Terror (Eagleton, Terry.) http://ift.tt/1Cjkogk