Alan Sondheim

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Philosophy

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Philosophy as philosophy of organism-situated-in-the-world, as human- thus situation; philosophy elsewise as that of ultimate species: both employ the emblematic or Emblematic. What is to be done with the human? Farmed-out the answers are in part ethos-dependent, ethos dependent on disciplinary values. Ultimate species: To the extent that philosophy is concerned with ulteriority, exteriority, the being of the world, beings of the world; then is philosophy intrinsic; then is the Emblematic always already employed; limit phenomena are Emblematic phenomena: give a name to universal containment / containment of the universal. Philosophy is nothing; philosophy does not veer; philosophy is veered. Philosophy is concerned with nothing; organisms are concerned; concern is a characteristic of organism; negation is a characteristic of concern; concern is a characteristic of negation. It is the concern of organisms that is filtered into philosophy, farmed-out, of living. What is the concern which is filtered? The concern is a disturbance. The concern is either circumlocution or its problematic; recognition or misrecognition of the same. The concern is the deconstruction of circumlocution; circumlocution, circumscription ==> a presentation of the world as-if Emblematic. This philosophy is the withdrawal from (not of) the Emblematic; the withdrawal is a tendency towards defuge, towards discomfort and its problematic. Defuge is that which is simultaneously absorbed and negated, simultaneously cathected and decathected; defuge is the shame of the organism, the transformation of the pornography of the world, through usage, into waste. The inverse of the Emblematic is defuge, which presences presents no name, no characterology, no tropology; the being of granite is the being of the organism upon reflection. Reflection is the doing of philosophy, its accoutrements. Reflection is reflection-upon; "upon" does not require an intentional object, state, or process; "upon" may be decathected. What is neutral is of no interest altogether.

 
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