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A GLOBAL CONVERSATION ON CREATIVITY

 “We can never put enough distance between ourselves and

  what we love. To think that God IS, is still to think of him

  as present; this is a thought according to our measure,

  destined only to console us. [IT] IS much more fitting to

  think that God IS NOT,  just as we must love him purely

  enough that we could be indifferent to the fact that he

  should not be. It is for this reason that the atheist is

  closer to God than the believer.”

                                      Maurice Blanchot • Infinite Conversation

   In this landmark volume, Blanchot sustains a dialogue with a number of  

   thinkers whose contributions have marked turning points in the history

   of Western thought and have influenced virtually all the themes that

   inflect the contemporary literary and philosophical debate today.

   “Blanchot waits for us still to come, to be read and reread...

    I would say that never as much as today have I pictured him

    so far ahead of us.” Jacques Derrida  

    Synopsis

    In "The Infinite Conversation", Maurice Blanchot sustains a dialogue

    with a number of thinkers, including Kafka, Pascal, Nietzsche, Brecht,

    and Camus, whose contributions have marked turning points in the

    history of Western thought and have influenced virtually all the themes

    that inflect contemporary literary and philosophical debate. Reflecting  

    on the nature of language, narrative voice, the imaginary, revolution,

    nihilism, and Jewish identity, Blanchot brings forward what the

    accomplishment of dialectical thought, as well as all thought based on

    categories of opposition, is unable to account for.

    Grounded in a tradition of philosophy and thoroughly conversant with

    phenomenology and the Romantic and post-Romantic traditions, 

    Blanchot addresses fundamental questions that haunt all analyses of

    difference. His unique manner of questioning, which itself borders on

    poetry, challenges the very basis on which we read and fashion the world.


    Maurice Blanchot is a French critic, theorist, and novelist and the author

    of many works, including "Faux Pas", "L'Art de Mort", "La Part du Feu",

    "L'Espace Littraire", "L'Amiti", and "La Folie du Jour", many of which have  

    been translated into several languages.

   
    [IT] was of course, as a result of my conversations on creativity with

    Eric R. Kuhne RIP that we both concluded, in the creative context of

    FORM FOLLOWS IDEA, that Facebook should be utilised as a surface

    onto which IDEAS should be projected, for the purpose of a global

    conversation on creativity, in respect of the ultimate conversation

    pertaining to THE IDEA that...  "Through art all things are possible"   






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