The Dark Gaze
Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred
The result is not a mere introduction to Blanchot but rather a profound reconsideration of how his work figures theologically in some of the major currents of twentieth-century thought. Hart reveals Blanchot to be a thinker devoted to the possibilities of a spiritual life; an atheist who knew both the Old and New Testaments, especially the Hebrew Bible; and a philosopher keenly interested in the relation between art and religion, the nature of mystical experience, the link between writing and the sacred, and the possibilities of leading an ethical life in the absence of God.
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Dark Gaze
1. Art or the Mystical?
2. Blanchot's Primal Scene
3. The Impossible
4. Losing the Power to Say "I"
5. Blanchot's "Trial of Experience"
6. "The Nearness of the Eternal"
7. The Human Relation
Conclusion: The Counterspiritual Life