Unreal Nature

January 23, 2020

Interruption

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… the truth is the point or moment of interruption of the movement and opening up of sense.

This is from The Pleasure of Drawing by Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Philip Armstrong (2013):

Form is the “idea,” recalling the word chosen by Plato to designate the intelligible models of the real. Idea signifies for Plato, according to the Greek term, nothing other than “visible form” (to which one might add that the “visible” is form’s primary register of reference, because that register maintains form in the foreground, distinct, and in this way “formed.” By contrast, and according to another distinction, drawing [dessin] opens form to its own formation).

[line break added] In fact, the most recent translations of Plato substitute “Form” for the more traditional “Idea.” “Intelligible form” takes nothing away from the field of the visible; it demands only that this visibility adapt, not to the immediate and interested perception of things, but to the judgment and aim [visée] of their sense and truth.

… in distinguishing these two terms [sense and truth], one could say that the truth is the point or moment of interruption of the movement and opening up of sense. Interrupted, suspended, the drawing/design of sense [le sens en son dess(e)in] reveals at once its tracing out [tracé] (its substance or bearing) and the truth, which is not its completion but, on the contrary, its very interruption.

…(Matter — to recall a word that remains inseparable from “form” — is the name of form’s resistance to its deformation. It is not a formless “content” that form comes to mold or model, but rather the thickness, texture, and force of form itself. … )

My previous post from Nancy’s book is here.

-Julie

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