The Rigor of Things: Conversations with Dan Arbib

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4. Theology

Idol and Icon

Idol and Distance straightaway opens a theological path in your work.1Besides
Bernard-Henri Lévy’s request, how did this book come to be?

Idol and Distance was written very quickly in 1976, although it relied on material already worked out over several years, especially arguments that had been put to the test in articles published in Résurrection during the years 1970 through 1973. In this sense, then, it was an occasional book, but it tackled a haunting or even stubborn problem, one that occupied me and many others for years—the question of the “death of God.” I ended up approaching this paradox—How can God die, if he is really a god, that is to say, immortal?—by three convergent paths. First, predictably enough, Nietzsche, whom I had started to read very closely, first of all because of

1. [L’idole et la distance. Cinq études (Paris: Grasset, 1977). Translated as The Idol and Distance, trans. Thomas A. Carlson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2001).]

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Translator’s Note xiii
  • 1- My Path 1
  • 2- Descartes 40
  • 3- Phenomenology 71
  • 4- Theology 106
  • 5- A Matter of Method 134
  • 6- The World as It Runs—And as It Doesn’T 162
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