On the Ideal Objectivity of Mathematical Symbols

Incompleteness Theorem

What is the nature of the ideal objectivity of mathematical symbols? Are mathematical symbols universal and beyond the problem of translation, leaving behind the Babel of ordinary languages? Is a Platonic philosophy of mathematics thus viable? Or is it, contrary to popular belief, possible to rigorously deconstruct mathematics? There is a sense in which Derrida seems to grant mathematics immunity from the work of deconstruction, often alluding to the formality of mathematical symbolization as a means to transgress the untenable metaphysics that springs from logocentric discourses bound to phonocentrism.

Controversy over the Possibility of a Science of Philosophy

Francis Bacon, the first philosopher of science?

. . . La Decision Philosophique No. 5, April 1988, pp62-76. (Translated by Robin Mackay (http://blog.urbanomic.com/dread/). Work in progress. 22 February 2005.) This debate followed a conference on “The Community of Researchers”, held under the auspices of the Forum of the College International de Philosophie. Jacques Derrida had agreed to open the discussion. For which … Continue reading

De rien: Silesius, Eckhart, and the Desire of Nothing

De rien

Silesius’ dictum: “To become Nothing is to become God.”

Meister Eckhart had already had written: “Who are they who are thus equal? Those who are equal to nothing, they alone are equal to God. The divine being is equal to nothing.”

And as for John of the Cross? What was his “path of Mount Carmel”? It consisted of 7 steps: “Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, and even on the Mount nothing.”

Mechthild von Magdeburg wrote: “You must love the nothing [das niht] and flee the something [das iht].”

We should, such befalls us, explore the relation between mysticism, especially in the form of negative theology, and modern science, in the trace left by Elisabeth Weber’s eminent “Elijahs Futures.” What is the desire of mysticism, and of science, if not to become the desire of nothing?

Positions

Some positions

The displacement of the question concerns a certain « textual operation, » unique and differentiated, assigned to no absolute beginning, consumed by reading and writing on other texts nonetheless referring only to its own writing. Here is discernable that preoccupation with the viral, and the logic of autoimmunity, what later became an explicit thematic of deconstruction. The graph and the gramma is viral. Bibleion is viral, as any parchment or paper or computer screen—any sheet, any surface. We will later explicate the logic of such an autoimmune virographematics. Such an autoimmune virographematics that is stated to subject science. A subjecting which will sollicitate the very pillars of science, its inner architecture. In turn paving the way—that is, if repressed and denegated—for other solicitations of science, namely where the effects and conseqiences of science on nature—or let’s say upon science’s Other—are solicitating to unheard of degrees, catastropically so.

Media

Media positions itself, not according to what is, or what should or should not be, but always, so as to save itself, in a certain apositional form of opposition. Always for the benefit of profitable headlines, no matter what party is temporarily on the scene. From here, from this on, politics is never the same: … Continue reading

La voix et la phénomène

"S'élevant vers le soleil de la présence, elle est la voie d'Icare." (Derrida)

La voix et le phénomène Introduction au problème du signe dans la phenomenology de Husserl Presses Universitaires de France, 1967 Introduction « Un nom prononcé devant nous nous fait penser à la galerie de Dresde et à la dernière visite que nous y avons faite : nous errons à travers les salles et nous arrêtons devant un … Continue reading