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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279944

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.001.0001

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Portrait
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Jean-Luc Nancy

, Sarah Clift, Simon Sparks
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279944.003.0011

This is doubtless one way of understanding the claim made by Pessoa that the divinity of the Greek gods consists in their statues. These statues do not represent divinity but present it; they themselves are that divinity. For Pessoa, that could mean that there is nothing divine beyond this beautiful appearance, or more accurately, nothing beyond this beautiful appearing, which is not a phenomenon grounded in a thing “in itself” but, within the tautology of its form, is itself all there is of the divine. For us, this will mean a little more: The divine appears in the resemblance of the human form to itself....

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