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I fear we shall never be rid of God because we retain our faith in grammar is the culminating sentence in Friedrich Nietzsches argument in Twilight of the Idols concerning the relationship between a belief in God and grammatical habit--our tendency to see things in terms of subjectobject This argument is itself a working-through Verwindung of one of the ramifications of Nietzsches famous dictum that God is dead which is generally accepted as being far more than a comment on a supposed decline in religious observation in 19th Century Europe The by-now traditional reading of Zarathustras announcement rather is to see Nietzsche as proclaiming the loss of absolutes against which phenomena thought and action could possibly be measured if such absolutes are gone or to stay closer to Nietzsches argument are discovered to have been always-already illusory in nature then the ground is opened for a revaluation of all values Many readers of poststructuralism take this as one starting point for the various projects grouped under the catch-all names of modernism and postmodernism--the sense of unrootedness of anomie so common in this century as to be a cliche takes this loss as a given Yet Martin Heidegger suggested that Nietzsche himself was a reversed Platonist--that his announcement of this world-historical change couched in world-historical terms itself reproduced the idealist assumptions about the world that Nietzsche decried In writing How the True World Became a Fable The History of an Error Nietzsche narrates historicizes-- and thus falsifies--a fall from grace the deterioration of a previously-higher state of awareness with all the metaphysical baggageof the Eden story such a legend of the Fall implies However if the very mechanism of Indo-European language with its dependence on subjectobject distinctions inescapably reiterates and reinscribes what Jacques Derrida would describe as logocentrism and Nietzsche in typically more pugnacious prose would call God as a habit of thought then how can we hope to write or
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