I have argued that a radical relationist solution to the problem of intentional inexistence is to be preferred over the two most prominent ones. However, the fact that radical relationism is comparatively preferable does not entail that it is immune to difficulties. In this section, I address some potential issues that radical relationists must face.
I conclude that phenomena such as substitutivity failure, scrutability, and non-specificity do not constitute reasons to reject a radical relationist solution to the problem of intentional inexistence.
Malone dies, terminal, terminally, mimetic, mimetic convention, terminally minimalized, Beckettian mimesis, existence, axioms, axiom, decomposed, life, death, inexistence, transcendental, transcendentalism, subjectivity, kenosis, evacuatio, self-emptying, Samuel Beckett
In the novel, it is not so much that Malone dies as that a mimetic convention concerning the representation of life is terminated or, more precisely, terminally minimalized. Through this reduction of life, Beckettian mimesis is enabled to represent a mode of existence unencumbered by antecedent associations or presuppositions. As the "axioms" (MD 187) and conventions regarding the significance of life are debunked or decomposed, the mimesis of inexistence emerges. But as this state of inexis tence is riddled with paradoxes, an intellectual device is required to facilitate analysis of it. The device in question concerns what metaphysics terms "transcendentals," which determine how we experience what we experience, and thus constrain the boundaries and possibilities of subjectivity. But far from mimicking the method of transcendental phenomenology to uncover the functions by which structure is constituted or filled in, Beckettian mimesis, as exemplified in Malone Dies, seeks instead to represent the process by which structure and order are drained. The hallmark of Beckettian mimesis is the representation of the process by which consciousness is emptied of the content which inexists in it. The deeper implications of this remarkable evacuation can be explored by reference to the doctrine of the kenosis or evacuatio (self-emptying).
There are two ways of studying and trying to solve the problem of the inexistence of God. One way is that of eliminating the hypothesis God from the field of plausible and necessary conjectures by a clear precise explanation through the exposition of a positive system of the universe, its origin, its successive evolutions and its final scope. But such an exposition would make the idea of God useless and would destroy beforehand the whole metaphysical edifice upon which it has been placed by spiritual philosophers and theologians.
Nevertheless, my friends, there is a second way of studying and trying to solve the problem of the inexistence of God. It consists of the examination of the existence of that God which all religions offer for our adoration. 041b061a72