By Jean-Luc Nancy
Why is it that the trendy notion of literature starts off 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 examine of the position of language within the serious philosophy of Kant. whereas Kant didn't flip his cognizance quite often to the philosophy of language, Nancy demonstrates to what quantity he was once something yet oblivious to it. He exhibits, in truth, that the query of philosophical style, of ways to jot down serious philosophy, is going to the center of Kant's try to articulate the boundaries, as soon as and for all, that might identify human cause in its autonomy and freedom. He additionally exhibits how this competently philosophical application, the very top of the Enlightenment, leads Kant to posit literature as its different when it comes to what's right here known as the syncope, and the way this different of philosophy, fullyyt its product, can't be stated to exist open air of metaphysics in its accomplishment. This sophisticated, unheard of analyzing of Kant demonstrates the continuing value of mirrored image at the relation among philosophy and literature, certainly, why any dedication to Enlightenment needs to think about and confront this partition anew.
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Instant in which it overcomes, fixes, and effaces its fissures. :iter that therein lies the whole structure of Kantian schematism. " This is because it is precisely in this claim that the self of the same-itS aseity-lies. Thus, what is called consciousness probably never allows itself to be grasped as an identity except when it blacks out: it is the syn cope. The syncope decides self-identity. It marks it as irrefutable in the gesture by which and the instant in which it is subtracted from all demonstration-and, above all, from all autodemonstra tions, autopresentations or presencings.
I must therefore spend my time frugally. . Hence I must rely on the help of those worthy men who have made this work their own, expecting them to clear up the obscurities in it that could hardly have been avoided initially, it as as well as to defend a whole. Any philosophical treatise can be tweaked in individual places (for it can not come forward in all the armor worn by mathematical treatises), while yet the struc ture of the system, considered as a unity, is not in the slightest danger.
However, there is someone here asking themselves what is offered by and what must still be articulated by the dead philosopher. Certain questions are so old that they cannot grow any older; they are susceptible only-and very con cretely-to another history. "Only language reveals, at the limit, the sovereign moment when it no longer has any currency. "13 § 2 All the Rest Is Literature The misfortune of a dreadful style in writing has befallen more than one philosopher-perhaps all of them. I It's a well-known fact, so well known that when the opportunity presents itself, it is truer to deem that it is not an accident, but rather an infirmity that is cosubstantial with and congenital to the exercise of philoso phy.
The Discourse of the Syncope: Logodaedalus (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) by Jean-Luc Nancy