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Constructions And Deconstructions Of The Universal

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The fact of 'speaking the universal', with the problems that it poses, does not coincide with either of the two models: Spinoza, who speaks of knowledge 'from the standpoint of the eternal'; and Foucault, who speaks of the philosophical and political question posed by the act of 'truth-telling', even if there is some inevitable overlap. It poses specific problems of 'construction' and 'deconstruction.' There are certainly several ways of approaching the question of the enunciation of the universal, and in particular there is the question of knowing in what ways it is distinct from a metaphysical endeavour to define the universal, or to establish its criteria, and it would be tempting to place these alongside each other, by trying to associate them with particular objects, circumstances and above all texts, whose difference one would try to bring out. The natural form of universal's relation to itself is conflict, redundant multiplicity.

Keywords: enunciation; Foucault; knowledge; Spinoza; truth-telling; universal



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