This appears to make the notion of an ethically responsible decision meaningless in principle, forever gravitating between the "moral absolutism" of demanding the impossible (the maintenance of undecidability) and the "substanceless
cant" of lamenting the obvious (the ungrounded grounding at work in every decision).
every day and ask God As He Understood Him to remove the agonizing desire, and to hit the old knees again at night before sack and thank this God-ish figure for the Substanceless
day just ended, if he got through it.
In this regard, the substanceless
lawyer is the ur-scrivener of the office and of the text itself, a pale copyist of the "original sources" (13) that comprise the unknowable mystery of Bartleby, if not the inscrutability of the narrator himself, whose name and history remain as obscure as Bartleby's own.
"Ontology" is a slippery word here: does it not imply substance, incompatible with substanceless
One is tautau, which can mean variously a shadow, a photograph, a 'face' or countenance, the abstracted or substanceless
form of a person; I have glossed it here as 'image' to try to encompass all these things.
It also ties in--perhaps most pointedly in Backbiter's case--to the Augustinian anxiety over the susceptibility of rhetoric to evil use and the ambivalent characterization of evil as a substanceless
For many reasons, but especially in light of the computer-driven imaging revolution sweeping across every facet of culture, we can no longer afford to see images as the substanceless
, yet ironically dangerous, enemy.
But freedom is a substanceless
end until it is filled by concrete objects of aspiration.
For Pope, hair is not trivial or substanceless
, but is several degrees more substantial than certain other (quite important) elements.
The metaphors of substanceless
scum, of punctured articulations explicitate the contortions of fictionality with which Guilleragues' script tacitly tangles.