"…root and remainder, the parentheses marking the radical absence of reality, positivity, or the empirical – designates the last poor, solitary to the end, he who remains, without flesh, without words or world, man reduced to his hickceity [manance], to his melancholic base, neither immanent nor transcendent, and within which the elementary determination bathes each reality (hence enveloping the formula by parentheses). For, the essence of man, the real-man, the radical hick [manant], is not the set of social relations (which, however deep the determination might be, never touches the existence of man, human reality); it is melancholy, which is to man as divinity is to God."

- Gilles Grelet, ‘Proletarian Gnosis’

Gilles Grelet, ‘Proletarian Gnosis’

"If the messianic lurks within every instance of ‘law, literature, life’, it is not, however, able to be activated without a savage work of creation – and of decreation – on the part of its putative bearers. We should perhaps conclude by noting just how many of Agamben’s heroes, whether ‘actual’ people or literary figures, metamorphose, disappear, go mad, commit suicide, flee into anonymity and utter weakness, fail miserably, are silenced, incarcerated, or otherwise destroyed. To seize such mystical dissolutions as if they constituted certain potentials for a political programme undoubtedly binds Agamben to such antecedents as Simone Weil and Walter Benjamin, and clearly represents one possible response to the collapse of effective mass revolutionary politics in our time."

- Justin Clemens, Nicholas Heron & Alex Murray, ‘The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben’


"…the otherness, the ‘stranger in my very heart;’ which Fichte endeavored to discern under the name of Anstoss, is this ‘bone in the throat’ which prevents the direct expression of the subject…"

-  Slavoj Žižek, Less than Nothing

"Fichte’s thought in its entirety is a gigantic effort to conceive of all reality as originating from the I’s (mind’s) self-relating and the I’s endless ‘practical’ struggle with its opposite (the object, not-I) as the unsurpassable fact of our lives…"

- Slavoj Žižek, Less than Nothing

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