By Jean-Jacques Lecercle (auth.)

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The answer is simple: buggery. The philosophical commentator 'fait un enfant dans le dos ason auteur'. He does not respect his intentions of meaning (for what they are worth), he is not content with respectfully expounding the solutions his author presents. He does not treat the work he comments on as a 'bofte de signifies', a collection of ready-made meanings, to be reassembled for ease of exposition. What he does is extract a problem from the text, a problem that does violence to the text, of which the author himself may not have been aware, but which enables us to understand how the text works (for 'it', being everywhere at work, is also at work in philosophical texts): he calls this 'reading a text intensively'.

Not ordinary faces, but faces as signs: the semiotics, or grammar, of faces ( for which he coins the concept of 'faciality', 'visageW''). The idea is venerable, from seventeenth-century treatises on types of faces, 56 nineteenth-century accounts of the facial expression of passions (I am thinking of course of Darwin 57), abundantly illustrated with pictures of variously contorted or grinning faces (the faces of mad people naturally provoked peculiar fascination- there is a fine series of visages de fous by the French painter Gericault), to the suggestion Chomsky once made that a strict grammar of faces, on the same basis as grammar proper, might be constructed.

In so doing it becomes part of a complex assemblage involving machines and technology, applied science, but also institutions, relations of production and rapports de force. In other words, it becomes an enonce. There is one aspect of the French word that the English 'utterance' loses, so that one is tempted to coin a linguistic monster, 'the enunciated': it is a past participle, which insists on the facticity of the enonce, on the fact that it is always-already formulated, and does not belong to the realms of the possible or the virtual.

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