Only a particle inserted in unstable and entangled wholes
- 24 | Goldsmiths College | London -
Produced in the strata, but operate in zones where milieus become decoded
"Matter or mind, reality has appeared to us as a perpetual becoming. It makes itself or unmakes itself, but it is never something made."
"In the humanity of which we are a part, intuition is, in fact, almost completely sacrificed to intellect. It seems that to conquer matter, and to reconquer its own self, consciousness has had to exhaust the best part of its power. This conquest, in the particular conditions in which it has been accomplished, has required that consciousness should adapt itself to the habits of matter and concentrate all its attention on them, in fact determine itself more especially as intellect. Intuition is there, however, but vague and above all discontinuous. It is a lamp almost extinguished, which only glimmers now and then, for a few moments at most. But it glimmers wherever a vital interest is at stake. On our personality, on our liberty, on the place we occupy in the whole of nature, on our origin and perhaps also on our destiny, it throws a light feeble and vacillating, but which none the less pierces the darkness of the night in which the intellect leaves us."
"Humanity is but a collection or series of ghosts"
"The subject that haunts is not identifiable, one cannot see, localize, fix any form, one cannot decide between hallucination and perception, there are only displacements; one feels oneself looked at by what one cannot see"
"For it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realized itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history of the earth and humanity. Instead of singing the advent of the ideal of liberal democracy and of the capitalist market in the euphoria of the end of history, instead of celebrating the "end of ideologies" and the end of the great emancipatory discourses, let us never neglect this obvious macroscopic fact, made up of innumerable singular sites of suffering: no degree of progress allows one to ignore that never before, in absolute figures, never have so many men, women, and children been subjugated, starved, or exterminated on the earth."
"If a discourse of the Fukuyama type plays to good effect the
role of channel-jamming and doubly bereaved disavowal
expected of it, it is because, cleverly for some, crudely for others,
it performs a sleight-of-hand trick: with the one hand, it accredits a
logic of the empirical event which it needs whenever it is a
question of certifying the finally final defeat of the so-called
Marxist States and of everything that bars access to the Promised
Land of economic and political liberalisms; but with the other hand,
in the name of the trans-historic and natural ideal, it discredits
this same logic of the so-called empirical event, it has to suspend
it to avoid chalking up to the account of this ideal and its concept
precisely whatever contradicts them in such a cruel fashion: in a
word, all the evil, all that is not going well in the capitalist States and
in liberalism, in a world dominated by other forces whose
hegemony is linked to this supposedly trans-historical or natural
(let us say rather naturalized) ideal."
"The route we pursue in time is strewn with the remains of all that we began to be, of all that we might have become."
"In philosophical discussion, the merest hint of dogmatic certainty as to finality of statement is an exhibition of folly."
Alfred North Whitehead
"… reality appears as a ceaseless upspringing of something new, which has no sooner arisen to make the present than it has already fallen back into the past; at this exact moment it falls under the glance of the intellect, whose eyes are ever turned to the rear."
"Real duration is that duration which gnaws on things, and leaves on them the mark of its tooth."
"The illusion of modernity was to believe that the more we grew, the more separate objectivity and subjectivity would become, thus creating a future radically different from our past … Objectivity and Subjectivity are not opposed, they grow together, and do so irreversibly."