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by: Sara Rahimzadeh

Richards/Nancy ENG 3803

Sara Rahimzadeh
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Date Created: 09/20/16
Robinson/Nancy Continuation from last week.  Language is arbitrary  Our relationship with language o Your relationship with knowing yourself – you know yourself because you know you’re not other people. o There’s a struggle for differentiation.  How is it that you know yourself? Jean Luc Nancy  Practical information is non-existent.  There is nothing that is fact.  The form of philosophy is supposed to trouble your mind  “Ontology, then, is affirmed as writing.” o Ontology – the study of life; nature of being; relationships; what exists, what endures o The study of being, then, is affirmed as writing  Affirmed – declaring o The study of being, then, is declared as writing.  Fragmentation o Creates time to think o Restrictive/ open  Writing is a gesture towards touching upon sense. o Familiarity o To contact something, you’re touching it  What is sense? o It’s the way we perceive our universe o The only reason we are the way we are is because of perception o Memories provide perception. Senses provide memories.  What do contact and sense have in common? o Chicken and the egg scenario  A writing doesn’t touch by grasping. Grasping would be more readily accessible to a physical identity.  A writer sends himself to the outside.  The minute we write something, it’s no longer inside of us. It’s outside of us.  How does writing send the self? o Through contact. How does a self become a self? Through being – writing reaffirms yourself.  Space could be a medium.  A stranger to contact – (contact is all senses of touching. But touching and sense go together) – you can separate yourself from your own work.  Is writing thinking? Is it thinking with the body? There’s a relationship.  Writing is a verb and a noun. Writing is thinking addressed.  Writing is thinking sent to the body.  Writing makes the body a stranger.  Writing is thinking sent to matter. We create space by extending ourselves.  The self is not a self unless you write it down and extend that self. 2  You need some kind of medium to interact with to define self – clay, paper, etc  You become yourself in the act of writing.  The writing BECOMES your body, becomes yourself.  Writing gives existence to the body. Robinson  How did writing begin? o Commerce; too much stuff to remember, so they wrote it down o Writings of Homer; o We needed more complex supplements as our people became more complicated.  Full writing – a system of graphic symbols to convey any and all thought 3


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