Given the several masks through which Layton speaks, and his professed fealty to Nietzsche and contested fidelity to "prophetism
" and Romanticism, one must applaud Trehearne's wisdom that "It emerges as the reader's task to attend to these manifold Laytonic voices and gather them up into the larger projected truth that remains unspoken" (xvii).
The immediate antecedent of Christianity was not traditional Judaism, but rather prophetism
and analogous currents in which the notions of sin and of expiation prevailed; in which a desperate form of spirituality emerged; and in which the type of the warrior Messiah as an emanation of the "Lord of Hosts" was replaced with the type of the Messiah as "Son of Man" predestined to be the sacrificial victim, the persecuted one, the hope of the afflicted and the rejected, as well as the object of a confused and ecstatic cult....
As the end of the world did not take place, Fred's movement gradually lost its apocalyptic dimension to take on the appearance of 'therapeutic prophetism
Alzo David-West analyses a late interview with Derrida on 'Autoimmunity: Real and Symbolic Suicides' and reveals Derrida to be 'unremarkable, expounding an ambiguous and eclectic pre-Marxist prophetism
.' Terry Lovat and Inna Semetsky argue that Deleuze's philosophical method and unorthodox ontology facilitates a naturalistic interpretation of the functioning of mysticism, while Daniel Hourigan finds Zizek to be a fruitful starting point to examine the 'mythologization of technology.' Hourigan at the same time provides an analysis of Zizek's philosophy of what in the past might have been called 'the human condition.'
George Hutchinson's 1986 text, The Ecstatic Whitman: Literary Shamanism and the Crisis of the Union, offers perhaps the most insightful interpretations of Whitman's liminal interpretations of the war, and Hutchinson's argument that Whitman's career is best read as "a form of ecstatic prophetism
" is impressively sustained by insights on Turner's theories and their intersection with literary shamanism.
Only through the prophetism
of all believers can we together foresee doom and mend our common ways.
or one travels the low road, the gospel according to bell hooks firmly in hand, the path etched in the vertiginous stone of rhetoric, hyperbole, generalizations, platitudes, bad faith, phony prophetism
, and blanket condemnation" (Wallace 159).
By comparison, this question can only be answered in a speculative fashion in reference to biblical prophetism
. Therefore, it is prudent to explore the various influences associated with specific prophetic acts performed by modern figures.
Emmanuel Levinas speaks of "prophetism
," which he uses in "a very much larger sense than that admitted by the gift, the talent or the special vocation of those whom one calls the prophets" (113).
This is all the more paradoxical as the role of prophetism
in the rise of the market system was emphasized in the later work of Max Weber who showed that the Chinese and the Indian cultures remained in the hold of traditional societies because they did not generate prophets.
Kaplan cites another delicious example of misplaced Reform prophetism
, the widely publicized decision of Rabbi Paul Menitoff, executive vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, to resign from the Boy Scouts of America and make the ultimate sacrifice of returning his Eagle Scout badge in protest over the organization's firing of a gay scout leader.
He is also interested in the history of ancient Christian prophetism
and aspects of eastern monarchism.
The myths of the people, prophetism
(reality within dream), the voyage of time (eternal return) and the double are the archaic obverse of capitalist violence, "as if the people were turning and increasing against themselves the violence that they surfer from somewhere else out of a need for idolization" (Deleuze Cinema 216-217).
But the questions with which Lent confronts us have called us far beyond privatism to prophetism
, beyond perfectionism to growth, beyond the liberal to the radical, beyond ritual to witness, beyond religion-for-show to religion-for-real.
Early Israelite prophetism
did not emerge simply as a succession of lone-ranger voices in the wilderness, decrying injustice.