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Chiasmi International

Volume 16, 2014

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

Ted Toadvine
Pages 307-313

Diacritics of the Inexpressible: Tracing Expression with Véronique Fóti

Véronique Fóti’s Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty demonstrates how the problem of expression motivates and unifies Merleau-Ponty’s investigations of art, life, nature, and ontology, culminating in a timely conception of nature as a differential expressive matrix. The key to this expressive ontology is diacritical difference. We raise three questions for this diacritical ontology: how it embodies the memory of the world, how it is interrupted by transcendence, and how it dissolves into elementality. Our inquiry points towards a diacritics of the inexpressible.

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