By Paul de Man
Editor note: Edited and with an creation via Andrzej Warminski
Publish yr note: First released in 1996
Paul De Man's acceptance used to be irreparably broken by means of the revelation after his dying of his wartime anti-Semitism, obscuring a few legitimate highbrow contributions to the sphere of aesthetics. This choice of philosophical essays, compiled by means of Andrzej Warminski of the college of California, argues for the shut connections among artwork and politics and artwork and technology. He discusses Kant and Hegel, whose significant contributions to aesthetics are much less identified than their paintings on rationality and morality. And in an essay on Schiller he deplores, quite naively, the poet/playwright's loss of philosophical main issue for the foundation of his artwork.
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In short, if the zero is a trope, it is a still more "primitive" trope than that of primitive terms: at best, it is a trope for trope "itself," or rather for the potentially always aberrant reference that tropes produce. That the zero is also not a sign is even more evident, since it is "by definition" (nominal or real? ) that which is heterogeneous to the number system in the same way that the indivisible is heterogeneous to space. The zero, one could say, is a bit of space or extension introduced into the system of number considered as a sign system; but, on the other hand, it is also a bit of "pure sign" introduced into the number system considered as synecdochal trope because the zero does not represent or "stand for" something or anything that could be numbered or counted (like the "one more" house in Pascal's demonstration that by itself is not a city, "yet a city is made up of houses that are of the same species as the city, since one can always add a house to a city and it remains a city" ["Pascal's Allegory"]).
The predicament (to kill or not to kill the monstrous birth) appears here in the guise of a purely logical argument. "4 The problem there under discussion is what to do with the "changeling"; the simpleminded child so called because it would be natural for anyone to assume that this child has been substituted by mistake for his real offspring. The substitutive text of tropes now has extended to reality. 4. Examples used in logical arguments have a distressing way of lingering on with a life of their own.
42 D THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF METAPHOR most fantastic entities by dint of the positional power inherent in language. They can dismember the texture of reality and reassemble it in the most capricious of ways, pairing man with woman or human being with beast in the most unnatural shapes. Something monstrous lurks in the most innocent of catachreses: when one speaks of the legs of the table or the face of the mountain, catachresis is already turning into prosopopeia, and one begins to perceive a world of potential ghosts and monsters.
Aesthetic Ideology (Theory and History of Literature, Volume 65) by Paul de Man