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After working really hard and making diagrams and reading very very slowly and making sure I knew what every single word meant and looking up questionable terms in the original french and not letting myself gloss over even the shortest phrase I finally finally understand chapter three of logic of sense and it turns out he says pretty much what he says in all the other chapters except for some reason that he does not state he felt the need to logically and minutely analyze the commonly-held notions about the relationship between the utterance and its object, between the utterance and its speaker, and between the utterance and its conceptual referent.

I was hoping for the grail that would make sense logically necessary and although he makes a good case even he ends up by saying that it is difficult to answer those who are content with words and ideas. he doesn't say anything about Nietzsche's intuition that the apparent world must disappear too but you'd think he would.

anyway I wrote four more pages after figuring all this out. there are at least five pages inside of me waiting to be written as explanation for these four. then, finally, I think I can leave Deleuze and move on to Levinas although I've already mentioned him countless times but I think I need to formally and systematically look at a couple of things he does.

I got a few other things done today too including deciding how to run class next week and answering some administrative email and stuff but there are still about a hundred things waiting for me to turn my attention to them including a bunch of papers to grade. tomorrow I think I will read Stein most of the day and look at some of their response papers so I can get a batch of those back to them at least.

I just paused and wrote up some lecture notes. I wasn't going to lecture. hm.

brain needs off switch after days like today. there are off switches available but I'm trying to conserve them.

bed. morning do it all again.


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Nov. 19th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
I thought about you today as I was walking around in the cool air of the day. It was slightly overcast and in the 40's - just the right weather for a light wool jacket and silk underwear.

No wind. Calm.
Nov. 19th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
oh man. you know what it's been like here? 75F as a high! some would call this heaven. I call it obscene for November.
Nov. 21st, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Deleuze, Levinas, Stein: your dissertation sounds fascinating. What are you writing on from Levinas (if you don't mind me asking)?
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
well, ethics. I guess that's a given. I'm looking at both Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than Being and trying to make the "approach of the Other" a kind of Deleuzian event and the inaugural one for sense, discourse, and subjectivity. all of which are also called into question by the event, of course. that's the fun part.
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