Friday, November 28, 2008

Culture

"Culture is a discourse, a language, and as such it has no beginning or end and it is always in transformation, since it is always looking for the way to signify what it cannot manage to signify." Antonio Benitez-Rojo.

7 comments:

John B-R said...

" ...since it is always looking for the way to signify what it cannot manage to signify."

Can you explain/upack this a little? It seems to me that culture signifies itself. Which doesn't mean there's no repressed to return, etc etc but I'm not sure that's what's being said here ...

And I hope your pumpkin pie was as good as the one Kathy and my son's girlfriend Becky made. Which is undoubtedly was, but I want to give them a little shout-out, because this is the 1st thing they cooked together!

Ernesto Priego said...

Interesting. But isn't "culture" a collection of discourses or languages? Is culture then a big, meta-discourse? What would that mean?

Does this mean that what's said (as Heidegger would have it when writing about Hölderlin, or as it has been said of Paul Celan) can only be the promise of a revelation, just a shadow of what's left unsaid?

Ephémère said...

Ginger, shouldn't we ask Piper about this?
I remember her en train de philosopher in Mexico this summer...

Ernesto Priego said...

Have we ruined your post?

Ephémère said...

Ginger donde estas?

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