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Chapter 28. Guerilla Hermeneutics – Becoming a respirateur

“I like living, breathing, better than working. I don’t think that the work I’ve done can have any social importance whatsoever in the future. Therefore, if you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It’s a sort of constant euphoria.”1 What Marcel […]

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Chapter 17. “… we would hear matter roar …” or vibrant matter, Wagner and Kraftwerk

I do not like to title a text with a quote. But in this case the line “we would hear matter roar”1 is somehow so intriguing that I could not resist. One might think that this is a quote out of Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter for it seems to be about the vitality and agency […]

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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 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 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 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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