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By Paul de Man

Editor note: Edited and with an advent through Andrzej Warminski
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1996

Paul De Man's popularity was once irreparably broken by means of the revelation after his demise of his wartime anti-Semitism, obscuring a few legitimate highbrow contributions to the sector of aesthetics. This selection of philosophical essays, compiled by means of Andrzej Warminski of the college of California, argues for the shut connections among paintings and politics and artwork and technological know-how. He discusses Kant and Hegel, whose significant contributions to aesthetics are much less recognized than their paintings on rationality and morality. And in an essay on Schiller he deplores, particularly naively, the poet/playwright's loss of philosophical drawback for the root of his artwork.

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115). The passage is, of course, primarily a mock argument, a hyperbolical example to unsettle the unquestioned assumption of definitional thought. Yet it has its own logic, which will have to run its course. For how could anyone "allow" something to be if it is not necessarily the case that it is? For it is not necessarily the case that the inner and the outer man are the same man, that is to say, are "man" at all. The predicament (to kill or not to kill the monstrous birth) appears here in the guise of a purely logical argument.

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"]).

Indeed not, since definition involves distinction and is therefore no longer simple. Simple ideas are, therefore, in Locke's system, simpleminded; they are not the objects of understanding. The implication is clear but comes as something of a shock, for what would be more important to understand than simple ideas, the cornerstones of our experience? In fact, we discourse a great deal about simple ideas. Locke's first example is in the term "motion," and he is well aware of the extent to which metaphysical 3.

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