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The Second BirthOn the Political Beginnings of Human Existence$
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Tilo Schabert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038056

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226185156.001.0001

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In Creation

In Creation

(p.72) In Creation
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

The different creation stories found in different cultures agree in portraying creation as a process of separation, differentiation, and multiplication. All things come from the One, but the One is dismembered or falls apart in the process of creation, in such a way that every thing is a sign of creation both in the sense that it itself is one and perfectly separated, but at the same time only one among other things. The Falling-apart of creation, therefore, is not a defect of creation but pertains to its very essence. This Falling-apart (the identity and the difference of the One and the Many) is surprising to the thinker, both in a joyful and in a painful way, for, while creation bears the signs of the One, it also must fall apart in order to be creation. The key to the identity in difference, to the One in the Many, and the Falling-Apart of the One in the Many, lies in Eros.

Keywords:   creation, creation stories, falling-apart, the one and the many

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