The issue of the subject is always dealt with. While I am working on developing the Significant Event, I will put forth another aspect of my work concerning the subject. Though history is filled with examples, I will focus upon five contemporary authors that appear to restate the issue in an array that appears to grant us the situation in a technicolor not previously noticed. Though Im sure this is an early prototype, my examples are Lyotard. Zizek, Laruelle, Badiou, and Harman.
A common duality is noticed and exemplified. Various authors deal with it in various manners. The situation at hand can be linked to a whole history of the subject, and thus I outline briefly this history, but we should see that such a progressive representation is only for the convenience and procurement for conventionality, for each of these displays of the subject occur at all times in all places. For example; there was no ‘post-modern’ era in which a supposed people behaved, accommodated and or thought in a particular fashion that is ‘post-modern’ as opposed to any other time when human beings wandered and interacted with the world and one another. The greater human society is at all times a conglomerate made up of various individuals of ‘modern’, ‘enlightened’, ‘post-modern’, ‘romantic’, ‘rational’, etcetera, temperament, ideals, passions and demeanors. The idea that humanity as an historic whole has passed through stages of thinking is a philosophical issue which I will address (perhaps eventually) in the re-establishing of the polemic in terms of real and not real, and by which ideas such as power, hegemony, ideology have found purchase in the critical discussion of history and society.
Lyotard exemplifies the ‘problem’. The subject is found in duality wherein objects cannot be formulated to their true meaning. The meaning of the duality as such, the subject and object itself within a scheme of meaning, upholds the veracity of the subject in its attempt to communicate the situation, and thus upholds the veracity of the duality due to the object apparently presenting a ‘misconstruing’ of the overt presentations of the effort, which is discourse. The subject in reality is thus processes, effectuates, plays a role, and ultimately becomes the role that is played.
Zizek exemplifies the ‘process’. Here duality emerges ‘as the moment in which’, so to speak, such that historical and real events coalesce in an ever present moment. The duality is sublated in the process of the subject. The expression notices the simultaneity of the subject and object; the world is occasions for notices of irony.
Laruelle exemplifies the ‘effects’. The duality is noticed as its polemical situation. The ‘object’, or that by which duality is obtained and noticed, is found in the difficulty to express the very situation by which it is noticed, such that the ‘subject’ is situated in a description of this polemical situation, as an ironic ‘settling’ that removes the ironic problem by ‘setting’ the problem resolutely in the dual problem instead of trying to re-solve it (again) as a systematic assertion in a ‘one whole’. The situation is described as it is also a method by which to gain the notice of the polemical situation. Irony is set in its duality for a resolution to ‘one side’; the effect is emphasized as it can be a result of method.
Badiou exemplifies the ‘plays a role’. The subject arises in reality from its (reality) inherent polemical counterpart (void), and thereby ‘sutures’ the duality as reality through the very presence of the subject. The subject thus amounts to the ‘whole’ situation, accounting for itself as discernible and indiscernible counter-partial real elements, determined as a vectorial presence of being. Objects thus are already accounted for by the truth procedure of the fidelitous subject, but nevertheless (already) transform the being of the subject into its object as presence. The duality reifies the subject of Lyotard through its necessary ‘giving up the truth’ to the reality of the object.
Harman exemplifies the ‘became the role’. The subject, and thus duality as an issue of the subject, is given up entirely such that the role given by the object is taken on as the subject’s truth. A complete transformation has occurred, and hence a ‘real break’ has occurred.
By this exposing of the subject as object, and the various displays of theory, the subject itself, it’s mode and manner of ‘being able to’ or ‘having to’ may come to light through two problematics (these terms are tentative):
Distance: The issue itself as theory;
Exception: The scenario by which the issue arises.
Now; being this is really an intro to a third or fourth book (fifth?), I think I should get on the first one and finish it. But one lingering question concerns me: Will I live long enough to get all these out? Or will simply learning the self publishing crappo be so time consuming and frustrating that I’ll never get even the first one out ?? Stay tuned.
(Man It would be cool to have the benefit of an already organized publishing army. )