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International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series

2009

Un-Forgetting: Re-Calling Time Lost

Stephen David Ross
Pages 335-350

Disaster

The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact. It does not touch anyone in particular; “I” am not threatened by it, but spared, left aside. It is in this way that I am threatened;. . . . The disaster is separate; that which is most separate. When the disaster comes upon us, it does not come. The disaster is its imminence, but since the future, as we conceive of it in the order of lived time, belongs to the disaster, the disaster has always already withdrawn or dissuaded it; there is no future for the disaster, just as there is no time or space for its accomplishment. (Blanchot, WD, 1–2)

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