Socrate by Antonio Banfi

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However, by doing so, and against the very intentions that one believes one is remaining faithful to, one preserves-or, worse still, reconstitutes or reinforces-this outside by means of which dis­ course has always assured its self-preservation through designat­ ing and fixing it. ) [sic] , to broaden and extend the shadow of God, and of metaphysics. Yet Nietzsche, so far as he was concerned, conspired to operate more implacably, more inexorably, at the heart ence, itselfof metaphysics. In the Gay Sci­ the construction of the Cartesian subject, the death of God, and the adventurous travels of the "free spirit" are all played out in the same place, on the same infinite ocean.

By way of a programmatic formula that the rest of this book will have to verify, we shall propose the following: the syncope ofthe autograph is comtitutive ofthe whole ofcriticalphilosophy as such. In other words, the whole wherein is decided and undecided, the last moment of metaphysics, our moment-insofar as we still have a "moment" to live or to occupy. However, it will be a question here of Kant the writer. We are not about to embark on an examination of critical philosophy. Rather, we will set out to encounter it by way of a certain literary "crisis" in Kant and to establish such a "crisis" as a philosophical fact, or, as the philologists say, to establish the text.

Ofdiscourse: This follows from what we have just said. The exis­ tence of a blind spot that is constitutive of all theory-just as it is constitutive of the eye and of vision-is well established. AB a result, the desire to produce a theory of schematism is like setting up, if not a dialogue of the deaf, then a face-to-face encounter of the blind. -In fact this is precisely why the theoretical must itself be in play here. It is by looking at itself that it unbalances itsel£ The true stake is in no longer entirely holding a discourse, nei­ ther as one holds a tool, nor as one holds to-that is, keeps-one's word.

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