English professor publishes new book on French philosopher

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Kevin Hart, professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has published a new book on French philosopher and writer Maurice Blanchot.

In “The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred,” Hart explores the paradox of Blanchots life as an atheist who had an abiding fascination with mystical experiences and the notion of the sacred. The book reveals Blanchot as a thinker devoted to the possibilities of a spiritual life; an atheist familiar with both the Old and New Testaments; and a philosopher interested in the links between art and religion, and writing and the sacred.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 2002, Hart specializes in poetry, religious literature, and philosophy and literature. He also serves as a faculty fellow in the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

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