The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus (Meridian: by Jean-Luc Nancy

By Jean-Luc Nancy

Why is it that the fashionable perception of literature starts with one of many worst writers of the philosophical culture? Such is the paradoxical query that lies on the middle of Jean-Luc Nancy's hugely unique and now-classic learn of the function of language within the serious philosophy of Kant. whereas Kant didn't flip his awareness quite often to the philosophy of language, Nancy demonstrates to what quantity he used to be whatever yet oblivious to it. He indicates, in reality, that the query of philosophical style, of the way to jot down severe philosophy, is going to the middle of Kant's try to articulate the bounds, as soon as and for all, that will identify human cause in its autonomy and freedom. He additionally exhibits how this effectively philosophical application, the very top of the Enlightenment, leads Kant to posit literature as its different when it comes to what's right here referred to as the syncope, and the way this different of philosophy, solely its product, can't be stated to exist outdoors of metaphysics in its accomplishment. This refined, unparalleled examining of Kant demonstrates the continuing value of mirrored image at the relation among philosophy and literature, certainly, why any dedication to Enlightenment needs to ponder and confront this partition anew.

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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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