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The science of writing should therefore look for its object at the roots of scientificity,. The history of writing should turn back toward the origin of historicity. , A science of the possibility of science? A science of science which would no longer have the form of logic but that of grammatics? A history of the possibility of history which would no longer be an archaeology, a philosophy of history or a history of philosophy?
The positive and the classical sciences of writing are obliged to repress this sort of question. Up to a certain point, such repression is even necessary to the progress of positive investigation. Beside the fact that it would still be held within a philosophising logic, the ontophenomenological question of essence, that is to say of the origin of writing, could, by itself, only paralyse or sterilise the typological or historical research of facts.
My intention, therefore, is not to weigh that prejudicial question, that dry, necessary, and somewhat facile question of right, against the power and efficacy of the positive researches which we may witness today. The genesis and system of scripts bad never led to such profound, extended, and assured explorations. It is not really a matter of weighing the question against the importance of the discovery; since the questions are imponderable, they cannot be weighed. If the issue is not quite that, it is perhaps because its repression has real consequences in the very content of the researches that, in the present case and in a privileged way, are always arranged around problems of definition and beginning.
Source: Of Grammatology, publ. John Hopkins University Press., 1974. Chapter Two, with one section deleted.
Originally posted by Tinkleflower
Aunty Tess wades in with her Nagging Hat perched firmly on the top of her head...
You're being stubborn.
Sorry, but there it is - you know better. You know you have to eat something, even if it's just one of those milk-shake meal things or a protein bar. Just eat something!
"It's all good"?! NO! No it's bloody well not!
It's not all good to go without sleep and nutrition like that - your body can go without one or the other for a short time, but not both together like that.
If you think you feel depressed now, it's going to be 10 times worse once your body realises it's starved of nutrients too
Aunty Tess signing off, a wee bit concerned.