Sunday, July 30, 2017

Economic & Political Weekly on a dalit rite of mourning.
Two thinkers throw light on the question of historicism of death, especially death as righteous citizens. Martin Heidegger says, “Where history is genuine it does not pass away by merely ceasing; it does not just stop living like the animals. History only dies historically.” As if in a continuation to this, Georges Bataille maintains that a death that escapes history also means chaos, to the point of revealing the absence of chaos, that of life itself that opens up to death.
GA 40, p. 144.

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