“Impossible for a Frenchman, perhaps, but not for me. I had watched the police, one sunny afternoon, beat an old, one-armed Arab peanut vendor senseless in the streets, and I had watched the unconcerned faces of the French on the café terraces, and the congested
faces of the Arabs. Yes, I could believe it: and here it came.
Not without warning, and not without precedent: but only poets, since they must excavate and recreate history, have ever learned anything from it.”
Originally posted on Larval Subjects .:
There are many names for beings: tode ti, thing, object, primary substance, system, process, body, “this”, machine, event, etc. I’m sure there are others yet. In a certain sense, all of these terms are synonyms of one another. They all denote a “this”, an individual being, something that exists. In another sense, they denote different approaches to things or primary substances or things. In discussing things as events, we emphasize their durational nature or the manner in which they unfold in time. In approaching them as machines, we approach them in terms of the outputs they produce in response to inputs. In approaching them as systems, we explore the processes they engage in to maintain their organization and the interdependence of their parts.
Things or bodies are split between their virtual proper being and their local manifestations; their powers and their qualities. It is not qualities or properties…
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