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Loving YusufConceptual Travels from Present to Past$
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Mieke Bal

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226035864

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226035888.001.0001

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Truth Speak

Truth Speak

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Loving Yusuf
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the adventures of truth as a discursive claim. It argues that adherence to any religion is not the only result of such a conception of the sign. More in general, this qualified, transformative wholeness of the sign provides the space for a freedom à la Baruch Spinoza. Such a freedom is “critical,” as philosopher James Tully says. Critical freedom is the practice of seeing the specificity of one's own world as one among others, and intertemporally, this freedom sees the present as fully engaged with the past that, insofar as it is part of the present, one can freely rewrite. This chapter focuses on the relationship to truth as it manifests itself in the discursive versionings of Yusuf's and Mut's story, and calls this relationship truth speak.

Keywords:   truth, religion, sign, freedom, Baruch Spinoza, critical freedom, truth speak

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