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Chapter 10. The Philological Machine

Every attempt to understand something that is written, poetry for example, takes place within a philological machine. This applies especially for the modern discourse of language which can be slightly dated to the beginning of the movement called “enlightenment”. What does philological machine mean? And why is it a machine at all? Let me start […]

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Chapter 9. White ink – Hélène Cixous, writing and breath

Writing is the fear of being out of breath. Instead of being a voice, speaking up, never losing any sound, even if it is only noise one produces, writing has to break up, stop and continue constantly. Writing ends in the most unfortunate moments. Right here, right now. But: we cannot recognize when writing is […]

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Chapter 8. Breathing what? Solidarity!

Isn’t it weird to claim that in one breath dark hermeneutics owes much to deconstruction and in the same breath it uses breath as a theoretical apparatus for language? Because breath and breathing is related to speaking, to language and that in turn is related to thinking.1 Does dark hermeneutics repeat the hermeneutical phonologozentrism? Is […]

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Chapter 7. The poetics of inhale, gap, exhale: the double signifier without a signified

A personal note as a pre-text (even if there are no pre-texts) to this entry: Recently I got a tattoo over my left elbow on my triceps: It reads  I thought I did a great job, creating this tattoo and was very happy about it, until I re-read Lacan’s The Agency of the Letter in the […]

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Chapter 6. Breathe under water – Bachelard and the depth of hermeneutics (Part 1)

Bachelard’s famous works on elements and poetry (fire, earth, wind and water) embark a method of re-reading, which should be like  “to take re-soundings like sonar, sounds of the depths. He explains that, by participating in the resonances, we hear the poem. Its repercussions invite us to give greater depth to our experience. Once gathered […]

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Chapter 5. Subject-disoriented ontology

For hermeneutics the human male subject is the first actor to read, think and write. It is a complete and perfect loop of production and reception1. Therefore, dark hermeneutics as an object-oriented deconstructive technique of reading, thinking, and writing, as inhale, gap, exhale metaphorized, has to have a dis-oriented subject, or not a subject at […]

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Chapter 4. Misfitting together – The gap between inhale and exhale

Regarding OOO one might understand every text/artwork as an object. This object reveals its appearance alluding other objects in getting in touch, communicate or interpret the object. But neither the object nor the other object will get a hold on the essence, which is withdrawn. So far so clear: this is the way Harman or […]

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Chapter 3. Breathing as diffraction – “reading diffractively”

Allow me to quote Evelien Geerts and Iris van der Tuin’s entry about diffraction1. They start with the classical physics aiming at the difference Karen Barad puts into the term:  “According to classical physics, diffraction is a physical phenomenon that comes into being when a multitude of waves encounter an obstacle upon their path, and/or […]

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Chapter 2. Keeping in Breath – Schleiermacher and OOO

There are many ways to encounter doing hermeneutics. What is the praxeology of dark hermeneutics? What do you do? Do you follow a dark circle to the core of the text, the meaning, truth? Or do you try to melt down your own horizon to the one the text is offering?  Remember: inhale, hold, exhale […]

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Chapter 1. “Breathe in, hold, breathe out” – practicing a dark hermeneutic circle

Dark hermeneutics is about breathing or more precise it is about the gap between inhale and exhale, which can be short if you are running up the stairs getting to the top of a building or long if you trained and practiced your breathwork. Yes, even breathing can be work and so is interpretation.  In […]