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Fr. 499

March 26, 2014

A grammar of identity implies much for the notion of individuality of which perhaps the foremost is the emphasis on the part rather than the whole. For individuality has its beginnings in that which cannot be divided, as that which was the most basic unit of larger composites and which formed a substantial whole unto itself. The project of a grammar of identity seeks to undo precisely this in that, if not strictly dividing, it calls for a new understanding of self in which what was individual and indivisible gives way before a distinction into a variety, if not an infinity, of parts. This is our challenge: dividing what was once indivisible, so as to allow for a greater articulation of the indivisible and this both in the sense of explication and joint.

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