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The so much available expression of François Laruelle's non-philosophical, or 'non-standard', suggestion, General idea of Victims forges a brand new function for modern philosophers and intellectuals by means of rethinking their relation to sufferers. A key textual content in contemporary continental philosophy, it really is vital for someone attracted to the debates surrounding materialism, philosophy of faith, and ethics.

Transforming Joseph de Maistre's adage that the executioner is the cornerstone of society, General idea of Victims in its place proposes the sufferer because the cornerstone of humanity and the main determine for modern notion. Laruelle condemns philosophy for engaging in and legitimating the good persecutions of the 20th century, and lays out a brand new imaginative and prescient of victim-oriented ethics. to do that, he engages the assets of either quantum physics and theology with a purpose to adapt a key proposal of non-philosophy, Man-in-person, for a brand new figuring out of the sufferer. As Man-in-person, the sufferer isn't any longer completely outlined by way of anguish, yet has the ability to stand up opposed to the world?s persecution. in keeping with this, Laruelle develops a brand new moral position for the highbrow within which he doesn't in simple terms 'represent' the sufferer, yet imitates or 'clones' it, thereby aiding the victim?s rebellion inside thought.

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To want to define man by the predicates of Good or Goodness, to place ethics directly in man's essence, and to be surprised by his­ tory's ironic and cruel refutations is to expose oneself to a vicious circle. Our thesis is that man is "fundamen­ tally" a victim or an "object" of evil, and occasionally a criminal, that it belongs to his essence to be virtually a victim, and that his criminal effectiveness is contingent and cannot be used to define him. It is a question of get­ ting rid of the duality of Good and Evil that holds man in its forceps.

We already knew from the cries of victims and from the courage of certain heretics - perhaps without quite knowing it because of a sanctifying philosophy - that in God was concealed the Grand Persecutor. The true atheism is not as simple as philosophy imagines it to be. It occurs in two stages: the banal refusal to believe in a God is self-contradictory and satisfies those who think little, but the refusal to believe in a good God is the true rebellion. There is always a God lying in ambush, preparing his return in whatever negation is made of his existence, even a materialist one, but it is impor­ tant that it be a malicious God, a thesis that only an " ultra " -religious heresy can face.

We are not going to declare in frustration that man is inherently an evil and criminal being, a new version of sin, but rather that he is at least a victim, the recipient, bearer, and dis­ player of evil. This is certainly not the same thing as the front and back of a two-faced being, even though the 13 The Victim-in-Person two sides are linked and man can thus appear as Janus­ faced, because that would yield to an overly simple unitary and dialectical causality. To want to define man by the predicates of Good or Goodness, to place ethics directly in man's essence, and to be surprised by his­ tory's ironic and cruel refutations is to expose oneself to a vicious circle.

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