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By Dante Alighieri; Derrida, Jacques; Ambrosio, Francis J.; Derrida, Jacques; Dante Alighieri

Discusses Derrida as a non secular philosopher, analyzing Dante's Commedia and Derrida's spiritual writings together.

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It conceals nothing; at least, nothing meaningful, not even the possibility of meaning, for that too is revealed and begins with the word that calls into the void with the promise of light, the promise of meaning that articulates the space and time of the world and history. Genesis: the story of the theory of relativity; the story of light, space, and time as correlative; of human and divine persons, also as correlative. All necessarily emerge together as promising meaning and keeping the secret of promising, which is an empty secret making empty promises that must be kept.

It is a scene of rape: her mouth is raped by dominating Love that forces the phallus of its words of dominating power, inscribed on Dante’s heart, into her mouth and down her throat, gorging the emptiness of her stomach/open wound with the food of substitution: his death for hers; the forced violence of an uninvited intercourse, an inhospitable last supper. ” The image is one of postcoital embrace, which ironically is interpreted by Dante the writer as a heavenly ascent, instead of the descent into the oblivion of sleep, the death of desire following its satiating climax, which postpones the necessary work of mourning.

In my room I seemed to see a cloud the color of fire and in the cloud a lordly figure frightening to behold, yet in himself, it seemed to me, he was filled with a marvelous Joy. He said many things of which I understood only a few, among them were the words: Ego dominus tuus (I am your Master). In his arms I seemed to see a naked figure, sleeping, wrapped lightly in a crimson cloth. Gazing intently I saw it was she who had bestowed her greeting on me that day. In one hand the standing figure held a fiery object, and he seemed to say, Vide cor tuum (Behold your heart).

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