The spectacle is at the same time the mirage of self in the mirror of things.
There is no shorter path for joining a neutral existential anthropology, according to philosophy, with the existential decision before God, according to the Bible.
The Law is one aspect of a much more concrete and encompassing relation than the relation between commanding and obeying that characterizes the imperative.
The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.
So long as the New Testament served to decipher the Old, it was taken as an absolute norm.
Man is this plural and collective unity in which the unity of destination and the differences of destinies are to be understood through each other.
Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder.
Testimony demands to be interpreted because of the dialectic of meaning and event that traverses it.
The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding.
If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text, it is not true that all interpretations are equal.
It is always possible to argue against an interpretation, to confront interpretations, to arbitrate between them and to seek for an agreement, even if this agreement remains beyond our reach.
Testimony gives something to be interpreted.
The moral law commands us to make the highest possible good in a world the final object of all our conduct.
Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen.
There has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity because Christianity proceeds from a proclamation.
First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.