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Chapter 22. The sublime Code

After the end of writing, as announced by Catherine Malabou, grammatology has found its end before it even started. The inflation of the term “writing” not only in the humanities, but also in hard sciences like biology, genetics, cybernetics, etc. let to a diffusion what writing is, and what is that which is written. Especially […]

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Chapter 20.Telepathy – Not Knowledge, Non-Knowledge neither

What is that, that one writes on his/her own? If one only writes about other writings, does he/she write at all? Or is she/he just an operator, programmed to re-write and therefore re-announce the written text of others, maybe the O/other? And if, as in the case of Jacques Derrida, that one does not work […]

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Chapter 19. The ghost on radio. The Weeknd’s Dawn FM

On The Weeknd’s newest album Dawn FM we can hear Jim Carry’s voice speaking as a DJ of an imagined radio station. It starts with him saying:  “You are now listening to 103.5 Dawn FM. You’ve been in the dark for way too long. It’s time to walk into the light and accept your fate with open arms. Scared? […]

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Chapter 18. On breath between voice and sound, signifier and signal in Jonas Eika’s After the Sun

In Jonas Eicka’s Short story Rachel, Nevada (part of the book After the Sun) the reader becomes witness of a strange ritual: Antonio  „[] set the suitcase upright, spread a paper tablecloth over it and laid out the implements in front of his right hand. The scalpels lay there, looking indifferent to the pain they were about to […]

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Chapter 16. Is (dark) hermeneutics sustainable? Water, paper, ink

In Plato’s Phaidros writing resembles the pharmakon, antidot and poison all at once. Derrida dedicates his book Dissemination to the discourse about the pharmakon and writing concluding: “The pharmakon and writing are thus always involved in questions of life and death.”1 This is not a metaphor. Why? Pharmakon also means “not a natural color but an artificial tint, a chemical dye”2, which dissolves perfectly […]

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Chapter 15. Close reading or critique? The triangle of environmentality

As a literary scholar I am used to quote not only literature as source for my arguments but also other opinions on the subject I am writing about. Whenever I ask myself why I used that theoretical approach instead of another I give myself the answer – because it fits.  This is clearly a subjective […]

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Chapter 14. Is (dark) hermeneutics ecological?

Timothy Morton once asked an interviewer if he has a cat? The answer was yes, and the following question was: “do you like to stroke her or him?”1 The answer again was yes. Morton replied: “Well, so you’re already relating to a nonhuman being for no particular reason. You’re already being ecological.”2 This story resonates […]

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Chapter 12. Riddle me this OOO.

In his interesting book on Mallarmé, Quentin Meillassoux notices the arbitrary of hermeneutics and hermetic texts in a dialectical approach. Many exegetes of Mallarmé’s famous poem “Dice Throw” try to solve the mystery of how the poem is made: does Mallarmé implanted a code or not? Is this important one might ask to understand the […]

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Chapter 11. Gadamer’s fusion of horizons – OOO and “blanc silence”

Fusion of horizons – Hermeneutics’ main goal. But what if one leaves the heliocentric metaphor turning his/her back? What if there is no horizon, which is defined by the flexion of the earth and a sun contrasting the line of sight? In Hermeneutics the fusion of horizon is, especially for Gadamer, the reward of the […]

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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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