Saturday, May 19, 2007

Agamben on Aristotle

"Thought, in its essence, is pure potentiality" (Coming Community 36.7, on the left)

In this case, that thought is peculiarly human (which it may not be, but at least in the sense that it is Symbolic, that is political). This may however be something else, apart from Agamben's poential to not-be (or 'impotence' as the opposite of power, considered as the capability to bring to action), or at least not exclusively, but the potential to be-otherwise – the capacity to mutate and to die; the capacity to re-engineer and to become redundant, rust

[naming the reaper function for technology is a problem, especially given our tendency to industrial archeology and the preservation of watermills, penny scales, hand tools and veteran cars].

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