Jan 21, 2011
“Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us” ~ Meister Eckhart
"This presentation will trace the motif of darkness from its use in mystical literature to contemporary extremophile science. It is an enigmatic and yet omni-present concept stretching back through John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, to Dionysius the Areopagite, who talks about 'divine darkness' as a way of thinking about the unhuman. Our takeoff point, however, comes from Georges Bataille's posthumous text 'Theory of Religion,' and the way it thinks of darkness in terms of philosophical negation - not just a privative negation, but an absolute negation, one that, in order to be thought, requires the negation of philosophy itself. This idea leads Bataille to understand mysticism (and in particular darkness mysticism) as the privileged mode of non-philosophy."
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