‘Under Western Eyes’

Dorothea Olkowski

in The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible)

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652402 | DOI:
‘Under Western Eyes’

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This chapter attempts to differentiate the realm of productive distribution, the continuous manifold, from that of the Renaissance objective observer, and discusses how differential relation produces the capitalist phenomenon of the transformation of the surplus value of code into a surplus value of flux. It suggests that the breakdown of subsisting codes and territorialities is an effect of replacing the barbarian and feudal codes with a new code, that of the mathematical differential equation. However, disjunctive synthesis that deterritorialises capital is a divine power which is still too slow. The chapter also examines the relevance of theories of justice and John Rawls's argument about political persons.

Keywords: productive distribution; continuous manifold; Renaissance objective observer; differential relation; surplus value; territorialities; differential equation; theories of justice; John Rawls; political persons

Chapter.  15059 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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