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Responding to LossHeideggerian Reflections on Literature, Architecture, and Film$
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Robert Mugerauer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263240

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263240.001.0001

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The Hermit’s and the Priest’s Injustices

The Hermit’s and the Priest’s Injustices

Reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing with Heidegger and Anaximander

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(p.1) 1 The Hermit’s and the Priest’s Injustices
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Responding to Loss
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Robert Mugerauer

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263240.003.0001

The Crossing opens the enigma of whether we live in a chaos or in an ordered realm. In McCarthy's novel of death and destruction almost all that one cares for is taken away, seemingly without human or divine pity, though a few things, such as a church, are stubborn, refusing to pass. Heidegger's explication of Heraclitus and Anaximander considers how things are out of joint in regard to time: the insistence necessary to things generates injustice because by persisting they do not let other things come forth. Contrary, another rereading of Anaximander tells us that things also have the possibility of sheltering and caring for each other. In the end, we have only the conflicting testimony on both sides of the case. Clearly our usual understanding of nature, mortals, and the gods is woefully inadequate; nonetheless, we are called to respond, to make a judgment ourselves.

Keywords:   Anaximander, Care, The Crossing, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Injustice, McCarthy, Novel, Testimony, Time

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