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5. The Two Directions in Language: The Reductive and the Re-constructive

Jeffrey Dudiak

in The Intrigue of Ethics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780823220922
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823220922.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

5. The Two Directions in Language: The Reductive and the               Re-constructive

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This chapter continues the discussion began in Chapter 4 about the two aspects of language — the saying and the said—, bringing these terms and the question of their complex interrelationships to bear upon the question of the possibility/impossibility of discourse. It is argued that the text of Otherwise Than Being can be read in terms of its overall structure, as enacting the reduction from the said to the saying, across ever deepening structures that either describe conditions of possibility for earlier structures or provide the ever deepening meaning of these conditions: from intentionality to sensibility, to proximity as the meaning of sensibility, and to substitution as the otherwise than being at the base of proximity, and as the relation between the subject and the Infinite.

Keywords: sensibility; saying; said; discourse; language; reduction; Otherwise Than Being; intentionality; proximity; substitution

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Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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