sologdin Posted August 3, 2009 Share Posted August 3, 2009 Chorae provide an infallible and contradictory argument that defeats the original argument. Looking at it this way, perhaps we can reconcile the two ideas - if Chorae can "contradict" any "argument" made by a Cant, it must embody some deeper, more fundamental meaning. It's a stretch, but it works. Objective reality would be contradictory to a sorcerer's imposed reality.i read that passage of RSB's to mean that the chorae is inscribed with self-contradictory writings, which fits the spirit of the aporos, which is derived from the greek term aporia, which often signifies "self-engendered contradiction," at least in the writings of folks like derrida, with whose writings RSB is certainly familiar, given his references to defection from the branch derridean compound. (plato's aporia is probably not quite "self-engendered contradiction," but it is perhaps a cousin.)in this reading, the chorae somehow give effect to such contradictions and render consequences more than merely diremption of signifier and signified--but extending also to affect the referents of language, in particular, the precise language required for sorcery to affect the world (whether utteral or inutteral, it is not possible for me to discern--though i suspect the utteral is more likely). this is of course as speculative as anything else written in this thread, though it makes connection with the clever critique (or interpretation) of hegelianism and marxism, whereby "contradictions" described therein are read to apply only as descriptions of written accounts, theory, and other textual impressions that attempt to explain or describe objective material reality (e.g., marxist theory really attempts to explain the contradictions of smithian or ricardian theories of capitalism, rather than real contradictions in capitalism itself)--quite unlike the more standard reading where dialectical materialism (and idealism, as in hegel) are thought to describe contradictions in objective material reality. The familair progression of thesis/antithesis/synthesis is literally also a rhetoric--but is deployed by hegelianism and marxism to describe history (as opposed to historiography).in RSB, contradictions are given a "marxian" effect insofar as they actually exist in reality beyond mere textuality, even though the term contradiction refers literally to a speaking against, rather than a more general existing against. (for the record, i am of mixed mind as to whether marxism describes contradictions in objective material reality or merely in capitalist descriptions of objective material reality). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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