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4. For copyright purposes, I am unable to reproduce the lyrics here. html. 5. See Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, trans. 91. 6. Ka-tzetnik 135633, The House of Dolls, trans. Moshe M. Kohn (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955). 7. The documentary is called Joy Division [2007, Grant Gee, The Works], and it features interviews with the three surviving members of the group, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris. 8. Quoted in Jon Savage’s retrospective article “Dark Star: The Final Days of Ian Curtis by His Joy Division Bandmates,” The Independent (Sunday, October 7, 2007).
In a sense, fallen man is the ultimate profanity— the graven image that takes the place of that which it represents as object of worship. Hence, the paradox of the figure of Christ—a tour de force occurs in which God now assumes the image of man. For Žižek, with Christianity the body of Christ comes to constitute the apotheosis of the graven image. 5 Both word and image are hopelessly enslaved to the endless quest for a primordial truth or meaning. They reek with the stench of irretrievable loss.
Yet despite all this, it is clear that the possibility, the potential to disobey, to ignore, and to flout the command is necessarily underpinned by a more primordial structuring authority or power. 8 What is fundamental about the commandment is that it does not attest to an existing truth. The imperative cannot be true or false, since it does not refer to something that exists. ”9 Agamben (as always a fan of bipolar machines) identifies two distinct ontologies structuring Western thought and discourse, the indicative that governs the domain of philosophy and science and the imperative that belongs to the realm of religion, law, and magic.