On the Ideal Objectivity of Mathematical Symbols

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

. . . 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

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?


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 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

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

Die Frage nach dem Ursprung der Geometrie als intentional-historisches Problem

. . . . Attempting to undertake a sollicitation of science in the name of a certain necessary counterviolent gesture, it is strictly uncircumventable to investigate into the strategical resources of the originary sollicitation of philosophy as was undertaken by Jacques Derrida from the 60’s on. Only thus is such a paraphrasis, such a supplementary … Continue reading

On Arriving

…treatment of the catastrophe. Greek, katastrophē, first: the end (the end of life, the dénouement of a dramatic plot, the end of the play), and second, a reversal or upset, “the tragic and unforeseeable event that brings about the ruin of the established order. Catastrophe, therefore, relates as much to trajectories of truth, the very accomplishment, as to the “accident whose surprise interrupts the teleological trajectory.” Strephein gives strophe, “to come and go,” “to turn toward,” two senses: to sojourn, and swirling, wandering. But still the Odyssey of Ulysses, the first being the very form of an economy, the possibility of returning home. “Oikonomia would always follow the path of Ulysses.” He goes only in view of repatriating himself. Immune, the origin does not travel. Expatriation only lasts for a certain time, softened in advance; Penelope does everything to not “lose the thread.” “Phenomenology may no more be the absolute master of its house. Ontology may already be in its place.”

Transcendental Auto-Immunity

. . . . In the 1935 Vienna Lecture, published in Die Krisis der europäischen Wissenschaften und die transzendentale Phänomenologie, Edmund Husserl diagnosed the European sciences and their Lebenswelt, ‘life-world,’ as being ridden by crisis; transcendental phenomenology sought to assume the proper philosophical responsibility. The war and its aftermath, the rise of Nazism, etc., were … Continue reading

Scattered Sense: Calibration, Oontology

The ubiquitism of science: ambitions of the omni fluently transposed to commanding practical reality by way of omnispatiotemporal theories, conspicuous instances of which would be the panopticon and the panspectrum, virtual reality, the science of the masses in its double genitive, the science of the generic, euthanasia, etc. The ubiquitism of science—and ubiquitism is the very “ismism” of science—draws lines from Plato on, only now to crack.

Oontology, thus, cracks: the world egg harbours, or so it seems, nature’s auto-cataclysm. Seems it all was about fissuring, fissuring the convolutions, foldings and curvatures of phusis. Thus the Large Hadron Collider commands the clinamens and smashes subatomic particles to provide humankind with one monarchic Grand Unified Theory of Everything: one oon, egg. Crashes only, or so theory goes, in speeds approximately those of of light, will provide the smoothest possible oontology. Episteme qua egg. From Plato on, Deleuze and Guattari being oontology’s recently most fashionable proponents.

The oontologist epoch of science requires a strict regime of commanding the senses, making the senses “synergistic.” The only road thereto is by way of calibrating the human senses. Making a universe out of the originary supplementarity of disseminative sensiverses. This, science says, is the condition of possibility of authentic episteme. While sensiverses are calibrated towards unity, truth comes by blowing things to smithereens. This is theory.