By Paul de Man
Editor note: Edited and with an advent through Andrzej Warminski
Publish yr note: First released in 1996
Paul De Man's recognition was once irreparably broken by means of the revelation after his dying of his wartime anti-Semitism, obscuring a few legitimate highbrow contributions to the sector of aesthetics. This choice of philosophical essays, compiled through Andrzej Warminski of the collage of California, argues for the shut connections among paintings and politics and paintings and technology. He discusses Kant and Hegel, whose significant contributions to aesthetics are much less recognized than their paintings on rationality and morality. And in an essay on Schiller he deplores, quite naively, the poet/playwright's loss of philosophical main issue for the root of his artwork.
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104). But the condemnation, by Locke's own argument, now takes all language for its target, for at no point in the course of the demonstration can the empirical entity be sheltered from tropological defiguration. The ensuing situation is intolerable and makes the soothing conclusion of book 3, entitled "Of the Remedies of the Foregoing Imperfections and Abuses [of Language]," into one of the least convincing sections of the Essay. One turns to the tradition engendered by Locke's work in the hope of finding some assistance out of the predicament.
87-88] Neither is there any doubt about what it is in language that thus renders it nebulous and obfuscating: it is, in a very general sense, the figurative power of language. This power includes the possibility of using language seductively and misleadingly in discourses of persuasion as well as in such intertextual tropes as allusion, in which a complex play of substitutions and repetitions takes place between texts. The following passage is famous but always deserves extensive quotation: Since wit and fancy finds easier entertainment in the world than dry truth and real knowledge, figurative speeches and allusion in language will 1.
We find once again the ambivalence of the theory of definitional language, which we encountered at the start" (my emphasis), the repetition of our finding "once again" at the end what we encountered at the start has to be understood as a repetition with a difference—indeed, as an allegorical recounting (and reencountering—cf. ) in which the "once" of "once INTRODUCTION: ALLEGORIES OF REFERENCE D 29 again" should be read like the "once" of "Once upon a time . . , " as though what we find "once again" and keep reencountering were the allegorical start of "Once upon a time .
Aesthetic Ideology (Theory and History of Literature, Volume 65) by Paul de Man