Explores the increase of the belief of not anything in Western modernity and the way its figuration is reworking and providing new possibilities.
during this groundbreaking, interdisciplinary background of rules, Andrew W. Hass explores the ascendency of the idea that of not anything into overdue modernity. He argues that the increase of the truth of not anything in faith, philosophy, and literature has taken position purely opposed to the decline of the concept that of 1: a shift from a sovereign realizing of the only (unity, universality) towards the “figure of the O”—a cipher determine that, as nonentity, is however determinant of different realities. The figuring of this O culminates in a proliferation of literary expressions of nothingness, void, and lack from 1940 to 1960, yet by means of century’s finish, this circulation has shifted from linear development to mutation, wherein faith, theology, philosophy, literature, and different serious modes of suggestion, similar to feminism, merge right into a shared, round job. the author W. H. Auden lends his identify to this O, his lengthy poetic paintings The Sea and the Mirror an exemplary manifestation of its implications. Hass examines this paintings, in addition to that of a bunch of writers, philosophers, and theologians, to track the progressive hermeneutics and inventive house of the O, and to supply the reasoning of why not anything is now the sort of strong strength in the mind's eye of the twenty-first century, and of ways it could actually circulate us via and past our turbulent times.