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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 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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