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The Question of Sacrifice

The Question of Sacrifice Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008) 427–454 437 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156916408X336783 Th e Incessant Imperative: Vigilance without Reserve Dennis King Keenan. Th e Question of Sacrifi ce. Bloomington: Indiana Univer- sity Press, 2005. 188 pp. Bibliography. Index. Dennis King Keenan’s Th e Question of Sacrifi ce begins by issuing a resounding ethical imperative: sacrifi ce sacrifi ce. Stated, developed, and restated through- out the book, this imperative calls us to keep watch, to remain attentive, to keep vigil. Why are we called to keep vigil? To Keenan, genuine sacrifi ce “involves selfl essness, giving without reserve. Sacrifi ce has to be beyond calcu- lation and hope of reward, so as not to be construed as self-serving (and, therefore, not a genuine sacrifi ce). Sacrifi ce must necessarily be sacrifi ce for nothing , a sacrifi ce for no reason, no goal” (1). If this is genuine sacrifi ce, what Keenan also calls an economical, the watcher must remain vigilant lest sacrifi ce be taken up into a phenomenal economy. Like Derrida, whose work Th e Gift of Death is a constant companion in this meditation, Keenan has spent many hours on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

The Question of Sacrifice

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 38 (3): 437 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Review Articles / Research in Phenomenology 38 (2008) 427–454 437 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156916408X336783 Th e Incessant Imperative: Vigilance without Reserve Dennis King Keenan. Th e Question of Sacrifi ce. Bloomington: Indiana Univer- sity Press, 2005. 188 pp. Bibliography. Index. Dennis King Keenan’s Th e Question of Sacrifi ce begins by issuing a resounding ethical imperative: sacrifi ce sacrifi ce. Stated, developed, and restated through- out the book, this imperative calls us to keep watch, to remain attentive, to keep vigil. Why are we called to keep vigil? To Keenan, genuine sacrifi ce “involves selfl essness, giving without reserve. Sacrifi ce has to be beyond calcu- lation and hope of reward, so as not to be construed as self-serving (and, therefore, not a genuine sacrifi ce). Sacrifi ce must necessarily be sacrifi ce for nothing , a sacrifi ce for no reason, no goal” (1). If this is genuine sacrifi ce, what Keenan also calls an economical, the watcher must remain vigilant lest sacrifi ce be taken up into a phenomenal economy. Like Derrida, whose work Th e Gift of Death is a constant companion in this meditation, Keenan has spent many hours on

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

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