Apocalypse of Truth

Heideggerian Meditations

Jean Vioulac

Apocalypse of Truth

Jean Vioulac

Translated by Matthew J. Peterson
With a Foreword by Jean-Luc Marion
208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226766737 Will Publish May 2021
We inhabit a time of crisis—totalitarianism, environmental collapse, and the unquestioned rule of neoliberal capitalism. Philosopher Jean Vioulac is invested in and worried by all of this, but his main concern lies with how these phenomena all represent a crisis within—and a threat to—thinking itself.         
In his first book to be translated into English, Vioulac radicalizes Heidegger’s understanding of truth as disclosure through the notion of truth as apocalypse. This “apocalypse of truth” works as an unveiling that reveals both the finitude and mystery of truth, allowing a full confrontation with truth-as-absence. Engaging with Heidegger, Marx, and St. Paul, as well as contemporary figures including Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Žižek, Vioulac’s book presents a subtle, masterful exposition of his analysis before culminating in a powerful vision of “the abyss of the deity.” Here, Vioulac articulates a portrait of Christianity as a religion of mourning, waiting for a god who has already passed by, a form of ever-present eschatology whose end has always already taken place. With a preface by Jean-Luc Marion, Apocalypse of Truth presents a major contemporary French thinker to English-speaking audiences for the first time.
Jean-Luc Marion

Translator’s Note
Matthew J. Peterson

Chapter 1. Clarifications
§1. Clairvoyance, Evidence, Lucidity
§2. Sufficiency and Faultiness
§3. History and Determination: Destiny
§4. Language and Community

Chapter 2. From the Equal to the Same
§5. Machination
§6. Cyberspace
§7. Equalization
§8. Equalization and Appropriation

Chapter 3. Truth and Its Destiny
§9. Ontology and Truth
§10. Abyss and Mystery
§11. Origin and Beginning
§12. Decay of Truth
§13. Safeguard of Truth
§14. Teleology and Eschatology

Chapter 4. Apocalypse and Truth
§15. The Concept of Apocalypse
§16. Pauline Thought of the Apocalypse
§17. The Apocalyptic Regrounding of Truth

Chapter 5. On the Edge of the Abyss
§18. Apocalypse of the West
§19. Poetics of Truth

Chapter 6. Abyss of the Deity
§20. The Name of the Prophet
§21. The Death of God
§22. Friedrich Hölderlin
§23. The Last God
“Only a god can still save us”
Meister Eckhart
The Adieu



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