Philosophy Today

Volume 61, Issue 4, Fall 2017

Andrew Benjamin
Pages 995-1004

Inexhaustibility at the Outset
Notes on Hamacher and Philology

This paper pursues the way the terms exhaustion and inexhaustibility play a central role in Werner Hamacher’s critical encounter with philosophy. The argument is developed via an engagement with aspects of Hamacher’s interpretation of Friedrich Schlegel’s Fragments. The limitations of Hamacher’s own position become an opening. What is opened up is the possibility of philosophy having become exhausted as a result of its identification with calculation and instrumentality.