By Andrzej Warminski

ISBN-10: 0748681272

ISBN-13: 9780748681273

This identify provides readings of De Man's critique of aesthetic ideology and the unusual 'materiality' that emerges from it.

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It signifies too much (and too little) to be a sign; it designates too much (and too little) to be a trope. ” It signifies only signification “itself”; in this case, only the impossible attempt to have the number system, as a closed, homogeneous semio-­tropological system, “signify” reliably that which would be outside it, space, extension, the perceivable phenomenal world. In short, again, the “indivisible” may signify something mysterious and impossible to grasp in space, but the zero signifies nothing but that which is undefinable either nominally or really in number.

Time and time again. What is it, then, that we encounter once again in the reading of the zero and its disruption of the possibility of grounded knowledge? Whatever it is, it is not the one and not like the one, and explaining the zero’s difference from, or, better, heterogeneity in relation to, the one may help us to account for the genuine difficulty of de Man’s “ending” (and ending once again “at the start”). ” In other words, Pascal’s dissociating number and space and rendering them heterogeneous in relation to one another by demonstrating that the one is not like the indivisible of extension rests upon his homogenization of the one to the number system.

This ambivalence returns – and with incalculable effects – in Pascal’s second demonstration, in which he in turn must heal the break he has introduced between number and space by coming up with an “element” in the order of number that would nevertheless be heterogeneous to the order of number just as the indivisible is heterogeneous to the order of space as extension. ” But the price of this reconciliation is heavy: “the coherence of the system is now seen to be entirely dependent on the introduction of an element – the zero and its equivalences in time and motion – that is itself entirely heterogeneous with regard to the system and is nowhere a part of it” (AI 59).

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