File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0112, message 150

Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 18:06:25 +0000
Subject: Re: anthro


nice.... (in my case 'seigfried the snail') -


Mary Murphy&Salstrand wrote:

>Hugh mentions mysticism. The word 'mystic' comes from closed mouth and
>it is usually taken to refer to the vow of silence taken by those who
>have entered the mysteries. However, since as Lyotard says, silence is a
>phrase, it can also be taken to refer to the open secrets of
>inarticulate phrases, which cannot be spoken, but only witnessed.  Each
>one must testify to the silence that remains after all the words are
>The anthropology I am proposing is this.  The human/inhuman is a
>diachronic linking of phrases in time; a series of one-night stands with
>the marvelous.
>Steve and I are like two Seigfrieds deep in the valley of the Rhine
>forest, arguing over paternity issues.  Who is my father, Hegel or Kant?
>- when all along it is Wotan, the Wanderer, that nomadic god with a
>patch on the eye and a Raven on his shoulder who left Valhalla in order
>to become a pirate.
>The Monad is the Dragon we have to destroy. It is not enough to resist
>and to be fearless.  We need something to put something else in its
>place.  Psychoanalysis means to testify to the hidden part of us that
>can never be known and must never be forgotten. 
>Recently, I have been reading a book on Andre Breton.  With a few
>tweaks, the following statement appears to be very similar to what I
>hear Lyotard saying in various ways in the Inhuman:
>"Breton was to be more acutely preoccupied with availability to chance. 
>In the search for chance and coincidences, which was to become under his
>guidance one of the primary activities of surrealism, the most
>formidable obstacle is the routine of life itself. The young Breton's
>opposition to earning a living arose therefore out of an antipathy not
>to work itself but to regular activity in the pursuit of economic
>security; it cut off, he thought, the most precious hours and years of a
>man's discovery of self. ... the pattern of work must be as erratic as
>the pattern of leisure and directed to opening as many avenues as
>possible to the flow of chance..."
>"Man's ability to determine and control an ever increasing number of
>factors in his life leads not necessarily to more liberty, but to
>conformity, which puts a certain liberty in a few hands and takes it
>totally away from others."
>That states the issue rather well, I think: Their Monad versus our coup
>de des.  The psychoanalytic anthropology I am proposing involves a
>certain relationship to time and an openness to the event.  It means
>never to forget, never to forget.  In remembrance lies destiny.  It is a
>matter of working through and rolling the bones.


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