Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Spirit of the Letter . . .

“The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”

(2 Corinthians 3:6)

“Of course, as it is said, the letter killeth while the spirit giveth life. We can’t help but agree, having had to pay homage elsewhere to a noble victim of the error of seeking the spirit in the letter; but we should like to know, also, how the spirit could live without the letter. Even so, the claims of the spirit would remain unassailable if the letter had not in fact shown us that it can produce all the effects of truth in man without involving the spirit at all.”

(Jacques Lacan, “The Insistence of the Letter in the Unconscious”)

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